Klein Kirby Invention
Uploaded on Jun 16, 2017
It took Dun Ought's "String Quartet No. 1 on themes by Derek Duke, J. S. Bach, Nobuo Uematsu, and Jean Sibelius" (https://musescore.com/user/10451876/scores/3137291) for me to realize this, but the bar right after the intro of "The Adventure Begins" (the Cookie Country 1 theme) from Kirby's Return to Dream Land sounds just like the third bar of Bach's Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (yup, Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor). The resemblance is even greater whenever that Bach fugue subject is in a major key instead of a minor one.
You knew this would be coming eventually...a fugue on the Cookie Country 1 theme! ...Well, a 2-part fugue (a.k.a. an invention), as I'm not that confident about my counterpoint yet. This is the first time I've tried invertible counterpoint since my high school Counterpoint lessons.
Please tell me whether the German in this piece's title is accurate (it's supposed to translate to "Little Kirby Invention"), and please tell me whether this piece has any parallel fifths or octaves (I tried to get rid of all of them, but it's tough to be completely certain). Feel free to suggest more dynamics and/or articulation, too.
This piece has so many staccatos to make this sound more like a harpsichord piece. I bet you won't need to play anything staccato on a harpsichord.
Amusingly, the marked tempo here is closer to Bach's Little Fugue, but if you play this at twice that speed, it sounds like the Cookie Country 1 theme again!
If you want more details about how the Cookie Country 1 theme and Bach's Little Fugue are treated here, read below:
Bars 1-6 present the Cookie Country 1 theme as the subject. They're in the Cookie Country 1 theme's home key of F major.
Bars 7-12, which are in C major, introduce my (not very) original countersubject.
Bar 13 is the first episode.
Bars 14-19 return to F major and use the transposed countersubject.
Bars 20-21 are the second episode, which is based on the last part of the countersubject.
Bars 22-27 are now in A minor. Both the subject and the countersubject have been adjusted accordingly.
Bars 28-31 are the third episode. This time, I use the subject and the first countersubject of Bach's Little Fugue...right when Bach's Little Fugue sounds just like the Cookie Country 1 theme.
Bars 32-37 are in C sharp minor. The first 2 bars of my countersubject have been replaced with (perhaps modified) bars of the first countersubject of Bach's Little Fugue. The rest of the bars of my countersubject have been modified from a raw transposition of the A minor version. Each bar, the subject swaps hands.
Bars 38-45 are the fourth episode. This time, I use more material from the Cookie Country 1 theme. Bars 42-44 are based on the Cookie Country 1 theme but don't strictly use transcriptions/transpositions of that theme.
Bars 46-51 triumphantly recap in F major, complete with the subject in the right hand and my countersubject in the left hand, and Bar 52 caps off the piece.
It's funny how each episode is twice the length of the previous episode. It's not quite so funny how 2 of the episodes keep transposing one bar's worth of material around. I think I got a bit lazy there.
As this is nearly entirely made of arrangements of non-Creative Commons copyrighted material, "all rights reserved". ...Yeah, it doesn't matter that the third episode could legitimately have all its material extracted from Bach's Little Fugue.
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