Webinar - How to write a Fugue

Learn this straightforward process for composing a fugue and start writing great counterpoint.

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Would you like to know exactly how to write a Fugue?...

Want to know your Subject from your Answer?

Your Regular Countersubject from your Irregular Countersubject?

Your Stretto from your False Entry?

Your Augmentation from your Diminution?

Your Middle Entry from your Final Entry?

Fugues are interweaving, flowing lines of music based on a common musical theme. Though they've inspired some of the greatest artistic creativity in music history, they're actually structured in a very logical way. This will be a very practical webinar, in which we explore the do’s and dont’s of Fugue Subject construction and the implications of that Subject for the key of the Answer and in establishing when to write a Real Answer and when to write a Tonal Answer. We will then explore how to write a Countersubject that has contrasting character and that works in invertible counterpoint. Having established the essentials, we will then get into constructing the rest of the Fugue. It all sounds complicated but you'll soon be writing your own Fugues!

During this session we'll cover...

Writing a good Subject

Creating melodic shape, rhythm character and a balance between conjunct and disjunct movement.

Deciding on an Answer

Should I write and answer in the Dominant or Subdominant? Real or a Tonal?


Writing a countersubject with contrasting character and the potential to invert.

Episodes and Middle Entries

Deciding on which material to use for Episodes and how to evolve it. Choosing keys for Middle Entries.

Final Sections

How to get into the Final Section and how to finish a Fugue.

Live Q&A

Live Q&A with Gareth to answer any question you have about writing fugues.

Your Instructor

Gareth Green
Gareth Green

MA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), FRCO(CHM), FLCM, ARCM
Gareth achieved his first musical diplomas at the age of fifteen. Three years later he collected the Dixon and Turpin prizes for FRCO and was already engaged as a recitalist around Europe. He held Organ Scholarships at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; Worcester College, Oxford University; Canterbury Cathedral. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, leaving in 1990 to pursue his free-lance interests as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, adjudicator, composer and ABRSM examiner. Gareth is also now an ABRSM moderator, trainer and an international co-ordinator. He has released various recordings, both as a soloist and accompanist, and his musical endeavours have taken him as far a field as America, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Singapore. With over 35 years of experience as a private teacher he tutors students across the U.K. and throughout the world, his video courses are highly acclaimed. He's committed to developing the all-round integrated skills that equip every musician.

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