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Keyboard Works, Volume 2, HWV 434-442
Second Set of 1733. Suites de Pieces pour le Clavecin
By George Frideric Handel

Piano, harpsichord - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Second Set of 1733. Suites de Pieces pour le Clavecin. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Peter Northway and Terence Best. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score, anthology. HWV 434-442. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04221_00. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04221).

Item Number: BA.BA04221

ISBN 9790006446216. 31 x 24.3 cm inches.

The two collections of suites that Handel himself issued in 1720 and 1733 form the main pillars of his keyboard music. For Handel, the suite was a self-contained genre with a cyclic formal design. Thus, although indebted to the sequence of movements customary at the time, each suite in these two collections has distinctive features all of its own.

This new edition by the renowned Handel scholar Terence Best draws on Peter Northway’s ground-breaking volume of 1970. Many new discoveries have made it necessary to thoroughly revise Northway’s work. All these research findings have been incorporated in our volume along with the Urtext from the “Halle Handel Edition”.

The volume also contains an informative appendix with alternative versions and movements that Handel withdrew before publication. This comprehensive edition of the 1733 collection is rounded off with a detailed preface, thereby creating a new edition that satisfies every prerequisite for professional performances at the highest level.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

  • 1. Suite B-dur HWV 434 
  • 2. Chaconne G-dur mit 21 Variationen HWV 435 
  • 3. Suite d-moll HWV 436 
  • 4. Suite d-moll HWV 437 
  • 5. Suite e-moll HWV 438 
  • 6. Suite g-moll HWV 439 
  • 7. Suite B-dur HWV 440 
  • 8. Suite G-dur HWV 441 
  • 9. Prelude et Chaconne G-dur mit 62 Variationen HWV 442 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Pittsfield, MA
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  • March 28, 2018 Handel is best

    This volume contains one of my favorite pieces by Handel and that is his Suite in d-minor, or, HWV 437. The Sarabande (with Variations) is one of the best melodic chord progressions in all of Baroque music. Of course, just my subjective opinion. But there is much more contained...

    in Volume II to occupy your attention if d-minor is not your favorite key. But, if you have the dough to buy this Barenreiter edition check out the Sarabande and tell me if it isn’t your favorite too!

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  • 5

    William Zeitler
    Los Angeles, CA
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  • January 09, 2018 Good edition

    Well made, good printing, good paper, good binding (opens and lays flat). Most of the music is intermediate, a few advanced.

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