Thursday, April 14, 2005
Suite No. 4 in d minor, Sarabande - HANDEL
This Sarabande is a parallel, symetric period of sixteen bars in the key of d with a half cadence at the end of 8 bars and a PAC to conclude. It is followed by two ornamental variations of the same length. Each period is played twice, and it goes quite slowly. The first variation elaborates more on the melodic gestures both in the bass and upper voices. The second variation has a running bass with the exact chord structure as the beginning (only thinned in voices) on top. It is quite short and simple, and I have little else more to say about it as the cadences and general chord structure remain the same throughout. The first variation takes the three quarters running down in the bass to the other voices and adds trills (at least this performance did) whereas the block chords of the original are better preserved in the second variation.