Fantasia on some TonicNet Chorales #1

This is one that uses five synthetic chorales manufactured by the TonicNet model, all in the key of F# minor. It’s scored for solo finger piano. There’s a short pause between each chorale. The tuning is Kellner’s Well Temperament. I took the idea from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Prelude #1, where he moved through a set of chords one measure per chord. That’s what I do with the synthetic chorale. First I extend it to 4 times normal length, then arpeggiate it with a matrix of 24 1/16th notes, with zeros:ones ratio of 9:4. This ensures that there are more zeros than ones, so more notes are set to zero and therefore missing. This results in some interesting arpeggiations. I also extend some of the octaves up and down a bit. It’s kind of like if Philip Glass used Bach chord progressions instead of his own unique ones.

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Prent Rodgers

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