QUOTE(sbhoa @ Jul 9 2010, 03:52 PM)
I have to admit that having had a few attempts I've come to the conclusion that me and fugue don't get on.
Maybe I'll get back to trying again some time but as there's so much piano music I've accepted that there's no way I'll learn to play a significant proportion anyway. In that case, while being prepared to try out new things, I'm not going to get stressed over the things I don't get on with.
It would be good to be able to manage a wider range than I generally do but I know I'm not a several hours a day seriously focussed practice person (ok I could work towards changing that if I REALLY wanted) and though I'm working towards a much more positive attitude I'm no prodigy but will just continue aiming for whatever progress I can manage.
Besides, after the first 'I quite like the sound of that theme' part I don't really get anything out of listening to a fugue either.
It could improve with time. The first fugues I heard were C major and C minor from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. I was at the ripe old age of 8. I was captivated by the sound of them - I don't know who the pianist was, it was on one of those "Everybody Loves ____" cassette tape series that my parents had.
I'm showing my age here by saying they were on cassette =D but that should then help my next point which is that many years later, with a break of seven years of no music in between, only now am I finally starting to get these fugues. I did give them a whirl when i was a piano student, to see if I could understand them- not a chance. Now when I play them, I hear not just a piano, but echoes of various other Bach non-keyboard pieces that I have had. Listening to baroque strings has informed my playing of keyboard fugues, I think, because I have started to be able to use different articulations (inspired by how baroque string players articulate) to bring out the voices.
I like your attitude of not being stressed about the things you don't get on with- I think that sounds really healthy, and you're not a professional musician (I assume?) so you can play purely for fun. But I suspect in a few years' time, you may have vastly different results if you try fugues again.