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Fugue or Voluntary No 1 in G minor, HWV605
composer
1716/7; published 1735

Recordings
'Handel: Harpsichord Suites' (CDD22045)
Handel: Harpsichord Suites
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Fugue or Voluntary No 1 in G minor, HWV605
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Fugue No 1 in G minor is basic in that its subject opens with a falling fifth, aspires upwards through a minor sixth, and then gathers physical energy in repeated quavers. Although all the fugues are ultimately in four parts, they tend to make do with three until their final stages, thus using the fourth part with rationally consummatory effect. In this first fugue the steady pulse assures sobriety, and the delayed entry of the fourth voice drives towards a cadential harmonic expansion, marked ‘Adagio’. Perhaps this suggests that human endurance may give legitimate occasion for pride. Handel’s counterpoint is usually worldly, if not mundane, with the harmonies ‘fitting in’ as though to some (humanly) pre-ordained scheme.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDD22045 disc 2 track 16
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-93216
Duration
3'47
Recording date
1 May 1994
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: The Eight Great Suites (CDA66931/2)
    Disc 2 Track 16
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: November 2002
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22045
  2. Handel: Harpsichord Suites (CDD22045)
    Disc 2 Track 16
    Release date: November 2002
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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