Bach Studies BWV 1039

I composed this piece for the Yale Baroque Ensemble for a concert entitled "Reflections on Bach," a performance of works by J. S. Bach side by side with works by contemporary composers. I picked the trio in G Major BWV 1039  for its wide range of expressive qualities: a calm peaceful first movement, a highly chromatic third and a powerful last movement.

In my first movement  called "A place to stay" I emphasize the peaceful, almost folk -like character of the Bach:


In the second movement "Harmonic Landscape" I use the harmonic spectrum of the third movement of the Bach as successions of tetrachords:


The last movement the fugue subject is derived from the last movement of the Bach, emphasizing the rhythmic drive by the extensive use of  pizzicato strings and the harpsichordist's use of the conga drums: