Nick Bennett Posted March 25, 2007 Share Posted March 25, 2007 Do any of you play these amazing pieces? Which do you think is the best? My first encounter with them was at a King's recital circa 1975. I can't remember who gave it, and I have no idea which one it was, but it has stuck in my memory for 30 years, to the extent that I have recently forked out the exorbitant price of Musica Britannica volume XIV. I have been learning number IV with a fair degree of success. I've also been giving number IX a try, but it's absolutely extraordinary. It has a time signature (4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4 leading to 6/4 + 6/4 + 9/8) that wouldn't look out of place in Book 6 of Mikrokosmos. I'm having great difficulty with the section in triple time not so much playing the notes but finding any music in them! I heard one of them referred to as "The Great". Does anyone know which one this is? What about the Fantasias? Which of these is most worth getting to grips with? One final question - did they have bigger hands or smaller keys in the late 16th century? Some of the stretches are almost impossible! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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