duration: 17 minutes
Nadia Shpachenko, piano
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Part Suite-a scrambles elements familiar from Baroque suites and partitas with other musical flavors.
The introductory "Passacaglialude" follows the usual form of a passacaglia, which is unified by a repeating bass line and series of chords. Here the seven-measure phrase consists of the same six-note chord throughout, in seven different voicings. The phrase gradually speeds up.
"Lullabande" features the strong second beat of the sarabande in a mostly serene lullaby.
"Scherzoid" is generally playful, in the manner of scherzo, though it is perhaps occasionally threatening, in a friendly sort of way.
Part Suite-a was written for Nadia Shpachenko, whose sparkling musicality is a constant inspiration.