Who doesn’t remember Frère Jacques, Three Blind Mice or London’s Burning from days of their childhood? Generally sung with (much) more gusto than finesse; they were really good fun. Maybe they don’t use them in schools any more, but I have a shrewd suspicion that, somewhere or other, they’re still going strong.
Fugue is a close relative of the canon and they (the canons, that is) can prove a useful introduction to what – initially, anyway – can be the rather esoteric world of fugue.
Here are some visual and audio aids for the first prelude and fugue in C major (if you want to access them off-line, they can be downloaded from the box on the right):
Fugue 1 in C: subject
… and below to help deal with intervals, modulations, etc., are more general items that most of you will have seen before:
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