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Track(s) taken from CDA66658

Ground in G minor

British Library, Add.MS33236

The Parley of Instruments
Recording details: April 1993
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1993
Total duration: 3 minutes 43 seconds

Cover artwork: A young man singing to a violin by Jacob Ochtervelt (1634-1682)
Glasgow Museums: Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove

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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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