Dances for the Harpsichord

David Clark Little, harpsichord

Ballo alla Polacha					Giovanni Picchi (1571-1643)

Passamezzo Pavana					William Byrd (1543-1623)	
Galiardas Passamezzo 				W. Byrd		

Gagliarde 1-5						Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Partita 1 in Bb major BWV 825		Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
          Praeludium - Allemande - Corrente - Sarabande - Menuet I - Menuet II - Gigue	
***********     intermission     ***********
Cinquieme Suitte in Fa majeur 		Charles Dieupart (1667-1740)
          Ouverture - Allemande - Corrante - Sarabande - Gavotte - Menuet en Rondeau - Gigue	
Suite VII in G minor 				George Frederick Haendel (1685-1759)		
          Ouverture - Andante - Allegro - Sarabande - Gigue - Passacaille

Program duration: 90 minutes including short talks about the music, composers, and instrument.
This program presents dance music for the harpsichord, from the renaissance to late baroque periods, with composers from Italy, England, Germany, and France. Popular dance movements were often collected into 'Suites' (or with Bach, 'Partitas'), having a common key and preceded by a prelude or overture.

Tuning: Werkmeister III temperament, A = 415 hz. This temperament has 2 major thirds almost pure, and 8 fifths pure; there is no 'wolf' or howlingly out of tune fifth.

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