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Hi, I'm having trouble writing a fugue. I wrote this subject and also two different counter-subjects, but I'm not sure how to really introduce all the voices for the exposition. Is the subject two short? In most of my reading I've heard you need around 4 bars for a subject and that a subject should have a slower, less rhythmic "head" (like what I have here) followed by a quicker, more rhythmic "tail". Do you have any tips or suggestions for me moving forward so that I can write a successful fugue?

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  • Are you aiming for this fugue to be in the Baroque style? If so, I wonder if starting with a regular tonic triad will be more stylistic than a i7. – Richard Dec 11 '18 at 23:23
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    I swear I've seen this melody before in another Music Stack Exchange question from a different user. – Dekkadeci Dec 12 '18 at 1:05
  • Perhaps change your key? You seem to immediately want it in G minor. Having a harmonically dense subject will make it more difficult for listeners to identify and will make it more difficult to convincingly tonicize the existing harmonic framework within that stated subject, not to mention how you elaborate that subject with answers and with episodes. Who cares what I think; write the fugue and decide if it works - you won’t know for sure unless you do it. – jjmusicnotes Dec 12 '18 at 2:03
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    Aha, I've found this exact melody in music.stackexchange.com/questions/76639/…! – Dekkadeci Dec 12 '18 at 2:54
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    @Dekkadeci Color me impressed, great memory! – user45266 Dec 12 '18 at 4:17