Contemporary Classical Composer

Fugue on Oh Happiness

Hommage à David Crowder

I wrote and performed this piece for my doctoral composition recital in 2011. Crowder’s melody is brilliant, and perfectly suited for fugal development. Unlike the studio recording by the David Crowder Band, found on their album Church Music, the chorus melody to the words “Oh Happiness” does not appear until about two thirds through the fugue. It’s a point of arrival that the development leads to. Happiness comes fully at the price of some time. This piece may function in the reverse of a prelude and fugue: the fugue may actually be the prelude to the DCB version, since it culminates in the “Oh Happiness” chorus that the song begins with. In any case, this piece was written for fun and as a bow to the melodic imagination of Mr. Crowder.

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