Programme note

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Chacony in G Minor (c.1678)

Purcell lived for just about the same span as Mozart: 36 years. To his contemporaries he was a figure every bit as astonishing and stellar. He turned his hand to a staggeringly wide array of genres, and drew on many traditions in the process. His technical facility was impressive, and he shared with J.S.Bach a penchant for tricky musical puzzles which he resolved effortlessly in music that delighted the ear as much as the mind. Of this little Chacony we know very little. Unlike Rameau, he is actually pretty strict with the form and does not mess around with the chord sequence much. Chaconne à son gout.

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