Partita No 6 for Harpsichord
The work is
predicated on a classic, five octave instrument, F to f. A
opening gesture centers on the Lydian A flat as in the key signature more
normally associated with E flat major and C minor, both of which domains
also feature in this partita. Alterations between a single 8' and coupled 8'
registers makes tor dynamic contrast.
A cadence on A flat
becomes a cadence on E flat, and thereafter a short fughetta in E flat with
stretti and a return to the A flat region are featured.
gesture on A flat leads to a double dotted episode with successions of
closed seven chords, still sounding quite Baroque for the instrument and
The same short
episode and frustrated harmonic cadence leads to a more lyrical moment in C
minor, again alternating a single 8' as against the coupled 8' registers for
contrast within a straight forward repetition..
And following, a repetition of arpeggios first with the "buff" register and
then a single normal 8'.
A final fughetta combines themes as the previous section simply abandons C
minor in a single bass D flat, after which a first statement of the
fughetta's subject is stated outright. What follows are additional
statements in several harmonic domains far afield from the original,
sometimes residing on E flat and sometimes on and around A flat. After a
coda, the work ends as begun, with A flat, having functioned as Lydian tonic
and root for the many related harmonic domains which figure in the multi-art
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arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.
No 6 for Harpsichord