|Genre Categories||Passamezzos; Dances; For 8 recorders; Scores featuring the recorder; For 8 players|
*#114225 - 3.77MB - 2:44 - -) ( - !N/!N/!N - 551×⇩ - MP3 - VictorEijkhout
MP3 file (audio)
*#114226 - 1.12MB, 15 pp. - -) (- !N/!N/!N - 1079×⇩ - VictorEijkhout
⇒ 7 more: Alto 1 • Alto 2 • Tenor 1 • Tenor 2 • Bass 1 • Bass 2 • Great Bass
*#114234 - 0.15MB, 2 pp. - -) (- !N/!N/!N - 136×⇩ - VictorEijkhout
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IVE 16|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
"Passamezzo" is a series of variation on the Passamezzo Moderno ground bass. The Passamezzo Antico and the Passamezzo Moderno were popular ground basses (in modern parlance: chord progressions) in the renaissance. This piece is based on the Antico bass, which is in minor; the Moderno is a corresponding variant in major.
This composition consists of 14 variations of the Passamezzo bass, divided in four sections. With the exception of the short 3rd section, in the style of a French overture, all sections build up gradually, and end with a variation that has a virtuoso soprano part. For the rest there are no sopranos to be found in this piece.
Of course, having been written in modern times, this piece is only pretend-renaissance, and in fact uses some anachronisms, such as the equivocation between V and IIb. Note in rehearsal letter M another thing that would never occur in the renaissance: a great bass solo.