This is probably a highly technical post to start off with. However, it’s something I worked on yesterday and I thought I’d get started with posting such stuff. I do plan to write more generally about my interest in historical improvisation, but that will have to wait until later.
The following is a copy of the gigue from Handel’s Suite in F minor (HWV433), with the bass motions marked. I was surprised to see how obvious the patterns are. Hope to work on this scheme and create some variations.
The abbreviations used (following the conventions of Dr. John Mortensen) are:
- TDO – Tonic Dominant Oscillation
- C5 – Circle of Fifths
- RO – Rule of the Octave
- Pedal pt V – Dominant Pedal Point
- DA3 – Descending Alternating Thirds