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Track(s) taken from CDA66646

Ground in G minor

British Library, Add.MS33236

Timothy Roberts (harpsichord/spinet/virginals)
Recording details: January 1993
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1993
Total duration: 4 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: Music-making on a terrace (c1670) by Jan Steen (c1626-1679)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London

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'Full of interest, rich in its varied pleasures and in the high standard of recording and performance' (Gramophone)
The date of composition of the Ground in G minor is unknown but, intriguingly, it shares both its scoring and key with a Purcell trio sonata constructed over a ground bass, a work which dates probably from the early 1680s, and which follows a similar trajectory: as with the G major Chaconne, both grounds gradually increase in animation until busy rhythmic activity subsides into a more reflective conclusion. Another version survives of Blow’s piece, scored for a single violin and bass; it is probably the original, the hand of the arranger of the present two-violin version being betrayed at the beginning of the ninth variation, where the ground is passed, abruptly and for only a couple of bars, to the second violin part, and there decorated.

from notes by Bruce Wood © 2017

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