Handel : Air for a Musical Clock, HWV 604

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Air in A minor for a Musical Clock, HWV 604

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Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Sheet music for : Piano

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Air in A minor for a Musical Clock, HWV 604

Air

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 (which we suggest playing twice, even though there are no repeat bars in the original) 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 (Phrases B and A' can also be repeated)
Please note that in this score, we suggest adding cadential trills to measures 10 and 14.

Even though these trills do not appear in the source, such cadential trills were customarily played during the Baroque period.

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 pianist's taste and ability.

Duration : 01:41

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


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