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Suite in E minor, HWV438
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published as part of a set of nine suites by John Walsh around 1733

Recordings
'Handel: The Eight Great Suites' (CDA68041/2)
Handel: The Eight Great Suites
Pre-order CD by post £20.00 CDA68041/2  2CDs May 2014 Release  
Details
Movement 1: Allemande
Track 21 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [2'58] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 2: Sarabande
Track 22 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [3'09] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 3: Gigue
Track 23 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [1'45] 2CDs May 2014 Release

Suite in E minor, HWV438
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Handel reused the HWV444/5 Allemande’s opening motif in the first movement of the miniature Suite in E minor, from the set of nine suites published by John Walsh (Handel’s most prolific publisher) around 1733. Walsh’s edition was largely a mopping-up operation. Some of the suites may have originated as teaching pieces for Princesses Anne and Caroline after Handel became their music teacher in 1723. Others, probably including this three-movement E minor Suite, date back to the Hamburg or early London years. The Sarabande second movement is yet another variant on the fertile Allemande motif, while the final Gigue whirls along in the unusual metre of 24/16.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2014

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