Prize: I Internationaler Eisenacher Kompositionspreis – Eisenach, Germany August 2019
A Countersubject appears as a shadow of its main theme, the Subject. It accompanies the Subject in all his travels, crossing several landscapes, carrying his suitcases, preparing his soil. However, when appreciated in itself, Countersubjects may possess great beauty and potential independently of their masters. This orchestral work uses countersubjects created by J. S. Bach for some of his famous fugues from The Art of Fugue and The Musical Offering. As the respective Subjects are absent, Countersubjects have here a free space of their own where they can amuse themselves and show all their power.
Premiere: Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach conducted by Alexei Kornienko, at Eisenach, Germany, on 16 August 2019.