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Fantasia 'a-Phrygian'
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'Sweelinck: Keyboard Music' (CDA67421/2)
Sweelinck: Keyboard Music
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Fantasia 'a-Phrygian'
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The large-scale Fantasia (a-Phrygian) on an even more impressive scale than the Fantasia Chromatica, uses a pre-existing theme from a lute fantasia by one Gregorius Huwet, which had appeared in Antwerp towards the end of the 16th century. Although this theme contains the notes B flat, A, C and B natural, which in German notation spell Bach’s name, this can be nothing but a coincidence, and once the piece is underway it cannot be heard as a motif of significance. The three sections are more easily distinguished here because the points where the theme is presented first in augmentation and then diminution are marked by a reduction to a two-part texture. The theme is treated here as a cantus firmus, in the manner of variation technique. The contrapuntal working is, if anything, even richer, with a greater abundance of counter-subjects.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67421/2 disc 2 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-42201
Duration
11'56
Recording date
17 August 2002
Recording venue
Norrfjärden Kyrka, Piteå, Sweden
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Sweelinck: Keyboard Music (CDA67421/2)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: August 2003
    Deletion date: October 2010
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