Mat Campbell Music

Composer. Arranger. Conductor. Percussionist. Educator.

Three Bagatelles for Four Parts


Three Bagatelles for Four Parts is a piece for any two treble instruments and any two tenor or bass instruments. This piece was originally composed for Dr. Carol McNabb in the Spring of 2015 for the Double Reed Honor Choir. After realizing that it’s very difficult to compose for middle-school students, I decided to make a version that would better suit their abilities. Thus, to tickle my fancy, I created another version. The new version is the difficult and dissonant piece that I wrote without any regard for the rules. The first piece is made entirely of canons and goes from major to the relative dorian mode. It ends with a risoluto similarly heard in Bach chorales. The second piece, Chorale, is a simple and lovely adaptation of the second movement of my String Quartet. The final bagatelle is a fugue that was composed at 3 AM. The piece moves through many different tonal centers, some lasting for less than a measure. The musical chaos ends with canons between all four parts and takes some mischievous inspiration from Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2, Finale. 

The world premiere of Three Bagatelles for Four Parts was received on May 4, 2016 at my undergraduate composition recital. 

Instrumentation: 2 treble instruments, 2 bass instruments

Instrumentation already performed: 2 oboes, 2 bassoons / 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bass clarinets