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Gigue, Op 43

'Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDH55198)
Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 2
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Gigue, Op 43
The superb D major Gigue, Op 43, dedicated to the composer and conductor Camille Chevillard is one of Chaminade’s frequent studies in semi-archaic dance rhythm, and one of the more brilliant. Though the general impression is ‘mock baroque’, carried through with joyful velocity, the piece is remarkable for its inventive and enlivening use of cross-rhythms, and for a keyboard style whose solidity and energy suggest Brahms in his bravura moods.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1994

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