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Classical Notes: January 8, 2007 Archive

Oops, Bach did it again.

Posted at 4:22 PM on January 8, 2007 by John Zech
Filed under: Johann Sebastian Bach, The blog

Fugue (fyoog) n.
1. Music An imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure.
2. Psychiatry A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of one's actions but has no recollection of them after returning to a normal state.

Which of these applies to Britney Spears? Well, both, sort of. While attending a "Mother of the Year" awards party (I think that's what it was) in Las Vegas New Years' Eve, Britney may have passed out. She's denying it, but it's been hard to tell exactly what constitutes a "normal state" for her to return to.

But what does Britney have to do with "fuguing?" (Steady!) Well, one of her early hits, "Oops, I did it again!" turns out to be the perfect teaching tool for showing how to write a fugue. A 25 year-old named Danny Pi has done a brilliant job making music theory fun in this video on You Tube.

Britney, by the way, is going to have to start doing it again (coming out with some hits, that is) pretty soon, or word is that her record label might dump her. Her biggest fan site already has.

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