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Chaconne a 4 in G major

Bodleian Mus Sch MSS E 443-6, f 570; 2 violins, viola, cello violone, organ

The Chaconne in G major, scored for four-part strings, is also composed over an ostinato, this time not a bass line but a reiterated chord sequence—another Italian import. As with many pieces of its kind, Blow’s example features increasingly lively figuration in successive variations, until calm is restored in a chromatically tinged closing passage.

from notes by Bruce Wood © 2017


Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell & other works
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