Partita No 3 for Harpsichord
The work is
predicated on a classic, five octave instrument, F to f. The "buff"
colors of the lute register across the range of the instrument and in dense
chord voicing make for an interesting opening gambit for this partita.
section using a single register sings its melody, decorated at in the lower
octaves in a somewhat somber character.
A fugato in a fast
tempo follows, again in the lower range of the instrument.
A lyrical adagio
follows, triadic harmonies sustained as voices above and below have their
A final fugue with a somewhat lengthy subject concludes the work, bringing
back elements from the earlier passages.
pages, circa 11' 15" - an MP3 demo is here:
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No 3 for Harpsichord