Handel : Air HWV 604 - Guitar

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Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
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Air for a Musical Clock, HWV 604

Air in A minor - Tune for Clay's Musical Clock



This Air in A minor, HWV 604 is part of George Frideric Handel's 18 Tunes for Clay's Musical Clock, Set II, HWV 598-604.

It was composed during the Baroque period.

This air has a simple A-B-A' musical form :
  • Measures 1-4 : Phrase A in the main key of A minor
  • Measures 5-10 : Phrase B in the relative key of C Major
  • Measures 11-14 : Phrase A', a variant of Phrase A, back in the main key of A minor
Please note that this sheet music includes suggestions for performing the ornaments (here, shakes, the English name for trills) in accordance with the performance practice of the Baroque period.

Namely, trills begin ON the beat, on the upper auxiliary note.

More or less repercussions may be added depending on the guitarist's taste and ability.

This score is a transcription of Handel's Air for a Musical Clock, HWV 604 for intermediate-level guitar.

It is appropriate for Grade 4 guitar players.

Please note that there exists an alternate right-hand fingering (pima) which could be used in order to play this piece in fixed first position :
  • First string : a
  • Second string : m
  • Third string : i
  • Fourth, fifth and sixth strings : p


Duration : 01:55

Source : George Frideric Handel, 18 Tunes for Clay's Musical Clock, Set II, HWV 598-604

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