Purcell: Chacony (Chaconne) in G minor Z730 arr.recorder quintet (arr. Ray Thompson) Digital Audio | Henry Purcell | Full Performance Audio
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Purcell: Chacony (Chaconne) in G minor Z730 arr.recorder quintet (arr. Ray Thompson)by Henry Purcell Recorder Ensemble - MP3

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The Chacony in G minor is one of Purcell's best known pieces. It dates from sometime around 1680 which means he'd have been all of 21 when he composed it. It's based on a freely varied descending tetrachord which technically makes it a passacaglia rather than a chaconne ('chacony' is just an anglicisation of the French word) and was written to accompany dancing, either at the court or in the theatre. Originally, written for strings and continuo, I have arranged it for recorder quintet. It lasts almost 6 minutes at crotchet=80 and I have taken some small liberties with the parts. To enable the players to breath, the individual parts are spread amongst the 5 members of the quintet, and I have tried to avoid a tutti of all 5.The bass line moves between tenor and bass. An exciting piece of baroque music which works well for recorder consort. It is played on Sibelius software.

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