Works for Piano Solo, Volume 1 — Anthony Newman
It has been a life-long dream to write a series of preludes and fugues for piano in ascending key order. In a way, it was to prove to myself the viability of writing in a completely tonal manner, having come for the atonal school of the 60's.
- C – A brilliant toccata followed by a happy fugue, subject inverted occasionally.
- Db – Based on the form of Liszt's 'Forest Murmurs' the prelude is fantasy like and free of form. The fugue is opposite, filled with invertible counterpoint combinations based on a 'sturdy' subject.
- D – The prelude is an Overture, complete with a big fugue in the standard ABA format. The fugue subject is long and rhythmic.
- Eb – The prelude is the original piano version of what has become my 'hit single' song: How Sweet the Moonlight. The fugue features stretti throughout, including augmentations and diminutions.
- E – The Toccata is a real finger breaker, although it sounds quite happy, whereas the fugue is angular and moody.
- F - The opening fantasy follows the form of Bach's organ fantasia in g. The following fugue is a transcription of the original version for organ in Eb.
- F# - Serene from beginning to end is the texture of the prelude. The fugue is mystical, becoming brilliant towards the end.
- G - The prelude incorporates the fugue and uses materials from the original finale to my organ concerto.
- G# - The prelude is entitled 'The Storm,' and is aptly named. The fugue is titled 'The Calm,' and is exactly a depiction of serenity.
- A – Both the prelude and fugue are jolly, the prelude like a gigue.
- Bb – The gloomy prelude is perhaps my most difficult movement for piano. It is followed by a 'happy' fugue.
- B – The prelude is entitled 'Music Box.' The fugue is optimistic, with a brilliant ending.