I am composing a Theme and Variations based on the first theme of Beethoven's fifth. And one of the variations that I plan on doing is a fugal variation. I decided to write the fugal variation first, even though it won't be the first variation, just to get the burden of the fugue off of me before I write the other variations.
But I have a bit of a problem. That one being, how to turn the theme into a fugue without losing the Beethoven's fifth identity or being extremely dissonant. I have found it extremely hard to do. It is so obvious which part of the theme would become the fugue subject. But the countersubject is not so obvious. I tried using 2 countersubjects based off of the theme, and I found it too dissonant to even be worth doing. But even with 1 countersubject, I still run into problems.
As you can see, parallel fourths are my main issue. But it doesn't become an issue until I introduce the proposed countersubject. To make it even more clear, here is the notation that results:
X: T:The Beethoven Variations C:Cheyanna Marie Ward M:2/4 L:1/4 Q:"Allegro con brio" 1/4=160 K:C minor % % V:Vio1 name="Violin I" clef=treble V:Vio2 name="Violin II" clef=treble V:Via name="Viola" clef=alto V:Cel name="Cello" clef=bass % % "Fugue" [V:Vio1] z1/2 G1/2G1/2G1/2 | !fermata!E2 | z1/2 F1/2F1/2F1/2 | D2-|!fermata!D2 | z1/2 G1/2G1/2G1/2 | z1/2 A1/2A1/2A1/2 | z1/2 e1/2e1/2e1/2 | c2-|c1 z1 | z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| [V:Vio2] z2| z2| z2| z2| z2| z1/2 C1/2C1/2C1/2 | !fermata!A,2 | z1/2 B,1/2B,1/2B,1/2 | G,2-|!fermata!G,2 | z1/2 C1/2C1/2C1/2 | z1/2 D1/2D1/2D1/2 | z1/2 B1/2B1/2B1/2 | F2-|F z | z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| [V:Via] z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z1/2 G,1/2G,1/2G,1/2 | !fermata!E,2 | z1/2 F,1/2F,1/2F,1/2| D,2-|!fermata!D,2 | z1/2 G,1/2G,1/2G,1/2 |z1/2 A,1/2A,1/2A,1/2 | z1/2 E1/2E1/2E1/2| C2-|C z | z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| [V:Cel] z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z2 | z2 | z2| z2| z2| z1/2 C,1/2C,1/2C,1/2 | !fermata!A,,2 | z1/2 B,,1/2B,,1/2B,,1/2 | G,,2-|!fermata!G,,2 | z1/2 C,1/2C,1/2C,1/2 | z1/2 D,1/2D,1/2D,1/2 | z1/2 B,1/2B,1/2B,1/2 | F,2-|F, z |
As you can see pretty clearly from the notation, I have problems with the countersubject and parallel fourths. At least I'm not dealing with parallel sevenths, that would be way worse. And like I said at the beginning, I am wanting to have a fugue as one of my variations on Beethoven's fifth.
So how can I turn the first theme of Beethoven's fifth into a fugue, without loosing the Beethoven's fifth identity or getting contrapuntal issues such as dissonance or parallel fourths?