For Harpsichord (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Rickshinozaki (2019/8/29)

Publisher. Info. Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2019.
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Work Title For Harpsichord
Alternative. Title
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 54
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1983 ca.
First Publication. 2019
Average DurationAvg. Duration 1 minute
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation harpsichord

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In 1986 Halley's comet passed through our solar system, as it does every 76 years. I was commissioned to create music for National Public Television’s special about that event. The historical returns traversed many centuries, so I decided to create a Halley's comet theme to vary in the appropriate musical style of the time.

This harpsichord piece in three parts refers to the 18th century's visitation, and employs a purely contrapuntal imitative technique, much in the style of Bach's three part inventions.

– W. Jay Sydeman