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Purcell: Chacony (Chaconne) in G minor Z730 arr.recorder quintet

By Henry Purcell

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Recorder quintet
Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Arranged by Ray Thompson. Baroque Period, Renaissance, Early Music, Sacred, Wedding. Performance. Published by RayThompsonMusic (S0.27647).

Item Number: S0.27647

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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