“Fugue on a Theme by Dvořák”
DESCRIPTION: Red Cedar Chamber Music invited me to participate in a group-commissioning project in which each composer was asked to write a variation in his or her own style based on the main theme from the Scherzo movement of Dvořák's “American” Quartet, Opus 96.
The entire work was named “Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvořák” in honor of Spillville, Iowa, the place where Dvořák composed his famous quartet in 1893.
I decided to make my variation a fugue, since I thought this would make a unique contribution to the project as a whole.
The “Spillville Variations” are featured on Red Cedar's CD “Czech Inspired.”
SCORING: Flute, viola, guitar
QUOTE: “Peter Bloesch's music is exhilarating and fun! The variation he provided us for 'Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvořák' sparkles with a savory mix of Baroque fugal technique and a sense of Hollywood bravura and dramatic climax.
Peter's ability to achieve a fullness of sound with the modest forces of flute, viola, and guitar — while also employing a broad palette of harmonic and contrapuntal elements — is really quite astonishing and totally satisfying!”
— John Dowdall, Guitarist and Former Artistic Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music
The Red Cedar Trio performed the "Spillville Variations," a group commissioning project.
Pictured above are John Dowdall, guitar; David Miller, viola; and Jan Boland, flute.