Title of Abstract

A Fugue on the Theme Song from iCarly

Submitting Student(s)

Ryan Certo

Session Title

XOral Awards Final Round

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Tomoko Deguchi, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Music

Abstract

A fugue is a specific type of musical composition. It makes use of the musical practice known as counterpoint, in which two or more melodic lines are combined and played simultaneously. The fugue I wrote, and will be focusing on, is a three-voice fugue. A fugue begins with a statement of the theme, known as the “subject.” This initial statement of the subject is played at the tonic level, meaning in the original key. The subject is then played again, but this time at the dominant level. This means the subject begins and ends on the fifth note of the scale. The subject played at the dominant level is known as the answer. Fugues will often also contain a countersubject. This simply means that there is another melodic line that appears throughout the piece. The countersubject is also introduced in counterpoint with the answer. This is how the second voice is introduced. The subject and countersubject return to the tonic level as a third voice is introduced. The rest of the fugue consists of the subject, countersubject, and other materials being utilized and appear in different keys before returning to the tonic, concluding the piece. The subject and countersubject of a fugue can be original material, or derived from an existing composition. Both the subject and countersubject in my fugue derive from the theme song of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. I combined two melodic lines from the theme song in counterpoint to create the basis of my fugue.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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A Fugue on the Theme Song from iCarly

A fugue is a specific type of musical composition. It makes use of the musical practice known as counterpoint, in which two or more melodic lines are combined and played simultaneously. The fugue I wrote, and will be focusing on, is a three-voice fugue. A fugue begins with a statement of the theme, known as the “subject.” This initial statement of the subject is played at the tonic level, meaning in the original key. The subject is then played again, but this time at the dominant level. This means the subject begins and ends on the fifth note of the scale. The subject played at the dominant level is known as the answer. Fugues will often also contain a countersubject. This simply means that there is another melodic line that appears throughout the piece. The countersubject is also introduced in counterpoint with the answer. This is how the second voice is introduced. The subject and countersubject return to the tonic level as a third voice is introduced. The rest of the fugue consists of the subject, countersubject, and other materials being utilized and appear in different keys before returning to the tonic, concluding the piece. The subject and countersubject of a fugue can be original material, or derived from an existing composition. Both the subject and countersubject in my fugue derive from the theme song of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. I combined two melodic lines from the theme song in counterpoint to create the basis of my fugue.