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Voluntary I

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Uploaded by: yolar (12/23/22)
Composer: G.F. Handel or not?
Sample Set: SP: Organ of Adlington Hall (1693?)
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Baroque
Description:
A recording on the just released sample set of the organ of Adlington Hall, sampled by Sonus Paradisi. I first wanted to record a piece by G.F. Händel, since he played on this organ in his days. Then I stumbled upon a nice collection of Voluntaries of which IMSLP mentioned that Handel was the composer. However, when taking a closer look, you see the full title is: "Twelve Voluntaries and Fugues for Organ or Harpsichord, with Rules for Tuning by the celebrated Mr. Handel". Obviously, that doesn't indicate Handel was the composer of the pieces of this collection. Long story short: Handel's name is still connected to this collection.

When I played these pieces, some actually do remind me of Handel. Having sung quite a lot of Handel's music, they do remind me of somee of his arias from his oratorios and operas. Other pieces didn't sound like Handel at all. Could this be a collection of pieces of different composers of that time? Voluntary I is an example of which I notice some similarities with Handel's composition style. I don't have specific examples of other pieces by Handel of which they remind me of now, but the melodic elements of the first part and the Italian-like second movement have some Handelian touches for me. Objections welcome :)

I changed the temperament from meantone to Vallotti-Young.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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