Thursday, March 10, 2005
Handel's "Where'er you Walk" is a simple ternary form piece. The A section ( in Bb) is assymetrical and closed. The first phrase ends on a HC in measure 7, the second one ending on a PAC in measure 19 with a 3 bar cadential extension. This then changes to the B section with measure 20. There is a major contrast from piano to forte that helps move the piece into the B section. In g minor, this section seems to be rather tonally unstable and lacking a strong antecedent/consequent relationship, therefore most likely making it a phrase group. It just never seems to really find a strong tonal center. This isn't helped by the fact that it ends on a PAC in c minor. After this odd B section, the piece in ternary fashion returns to the A sections and ends...as does my post.