Fuga y Misterio

This work in two parts features an exciting blend of styles. A tango-like theme gets a fugue-like treatment. The main subject can be divided into five sections, the last of which lasts four bars. The subject appears first in e minor (on oboe and 2nd violin) but it then continues to ascend in perfect fourths: a minor (viola), d minor (flute and 1st violin) and g minor (bassoon and cello). During each appearance, the main subject is complemented by other instruments playing contrapuntal textures reminiscent of a fugue, albeit not a strict one.

Right after the fourth appearance of the subject another section ensues where the full ensemble joins in, complemented by a drum set. This part contrasts greatly with the previous one: we modulate back to e minor and a more homophonic texture is preferred over a contrapuntal one. The fugue theme is presented again bringing this section to a close and giving way to “Misterio”, the second part of this work.

In “Misterio” the 1st violin plays a soloistic role. A slow, melancholic melody dominates while it is subtly accompanied by the rest of the ensemble. In the original version, the work comes to a close at the end of this section. However, in this arrangement by Drago and Gonzales, the second part of the “Fuga” is brought back right before the end.

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