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Toccata Seconda (Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, libro primo, Roma 1615/1637)

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Uploaded by: RalphP (01/05/24)
Composer: Frescobaldi, Girolamo
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Brescia, St. Carlo
Software: Hauptwerk VIII
Genre: Baroque
It is certainly not necessary to introduce such a central figure of organ music as Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) here at Contrebombarde. The Toccata Seconda comes from his collection first published in Rome in 1615 and reissued in 1637 in an expanded form under the impressive title "TOCCATE D'INTAVOLATURA DI CIMBALO ET ORGANO, PARTITE DIVERSE ARIE ET CORRENTE, BALLETTI, CIACONE, PASSAGHAGLI - Libro Primo".

What fascinates me again and again about Frescobaldi's toccatas is the way in which sophisticated musical construction goes hand in hand with an only latently tangible formal design that always remains in flux, following less an architectural than a rhetorical-dramatic logic.

The Toccata Seconda is structurally based on a nucleus of a fourth interval and three steps in contrary motion, from which the most diverse figurations are developed in a constant process of variation. The basic affect of the piece is painfully lamenting - many of the musical elements such as chromaticism, enharmonics, false relations and Lombard rhythms are reminiscent of the tonal language of Frescobaldi's Toccate per l'elevazione, but the composition here is more dramatic because the lamenting sections are repeatedly and unexpectedly interrupted or replaced by contrasting, more animated parts. In this way, the piece develops an astonishing wealth of figures within the dominant affect.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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