Canon to the left of them, canon to the right of them…

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.

Course materials:

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):

Prelude C chords

Fugue 1 in C: subject

Fugue 1 C subject

Fugue plan C1

… and below  to help deal with intervals, modulations, etc., are more general items that most of you will have seen before:


Cycle of 5ths

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