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

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Movement 1: Allemande
Movement 2: Sarabande
Movement 3: Gigue

Suite in E minor, HWV438
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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