Concerto grosso in G minor -
for harpsichord, organ and strings
Conceived for harpsichord (cembalo) and portative organ of four or less
ranks and strings, this work is in four movements, all in quintuple meter.
The two keyboard parts are virtuosic and are featured throughout the piece.
The introduction is a simple statement of the tonality; lines in diminution
and augmentation. A long-lined allegro answers, the theme first sung out in
the high strings before being passed around.
second movement begins with this "quasi" improvisation for both keyboards,
scale work up and down beginning in the relative major and then in return to
the dominant of G minor.
Thereafter, the strings take up a lyrical theme as the keyboards offer
decoration and commentary.
third movement is elegiac, notated turns in the harpsichord highlighting its
role against the other, more sustained voices as pyramids of harmonic color
last movement breaks from the elegiac mood with forward-moving final theme,
first stated in the violins. The meter remains, as the gestures lengthen
over the span of several measures, long lined and energetic.
pages, circa 15' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.
Concerto grosso in G minor
Full score - A4 edition