Once upon a time there was harmony. Then there was counterpoint. And then there was fugue.

Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman Canberra International Music Festival Artistic Director Roland Peelman. Photo © William Hall

A fairy tale indeed. Once upon a time, in the old system where I grew up, those three pillars signified the crowning achievement of any aspiring musician. The reward for all that harmonic, contrapuntal and fugal toil (in that order...

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