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 Post subject: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:49 am 
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Dear All,
Please find attached a recording of one of a set of 6 fugues for keyboard composed by Handel. Quite interesting to hear for those who practice Bach's fugues, and are interested by similar pieces from musicians of the same period. I am not an expert in counterpoint, but I find this one rather well written, with a very appealing and going forward theme, and a general feeling of joy and light. Hope you enjoy it !

For the administrators: I tried to set the option 'variable bit rate' when I have converted the original .wav file into mp3. I found the result much better than my usual option ('constant bit rate', 192 kHz), and the file is even smaller. I wonder if such a format is compatible with PS server. If not, I will use my usual format. Thanks,


Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:42 pm 
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Hi Francis,

I had a listen to your recording of this Handel fugue. I think you play it very well. I have not heard this piece before. It is an interesting study in pedal tones. I don't have the score, but I thought I heard a sour note at 3:25. Nice playing. Haven't heard Handel in a long time so this was a treat on a summer morning. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:55 pm 
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Thanks Riley, yes it is a good music to start a nice summer day !
You're right, there are a number of missed or at least under played notes, but this is a one-shot recording. Finally I tend to find it is better to keep one single take even with some flaws, rather than doing a kind of Frankenstein's version (my doctor is not good enough :) ).

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:25 am 
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Sorry, Francois, but we do need you to convert your file to a constant bit rate. Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:02 pm 
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Hello Monica,
Here is the file in the good format. Do you hear a difference ? I'm not asking you to listen the whole piece (I know you're not too fond of fugues), but I know you also have very sharp ears, therefore I'd like to know your opinion about the merits of both compression types. Regards,

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:16 am 
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Hello Francois,

I listened with my good earphones and then without any earphones and I have to say the files sounded the same to me. It sounds to me like you are playing this on a digital piano. However, when I listen to the file with my earphones, I hear quite a lot of hiss in the background and I don't normally hear that when people record on a digital.

This is now up on the site.

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:16 am 
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Thanks Monica,

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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pianolady wrote:
This is now up on the site.

Sorry to bother you again, but the link to my page is apparently missing. Regards,

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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Handel could write a pretty decent fugue when he wanted. Many composers could at that time. There's absolutely no comparison to Bach's fugues though. While I acknowledge Handel's skill, I find little invention, depth and little inspiration here. Where repeated notes often inspire Bach to rare heights, here they sound perfunctory and sometimes irritating (when there's 7 or 8 in a row). The fugue is also much too long for its slender content, and the ending is a dud - as if he thought "Ah, this has gone on long enough, time to stop now".

It's well played but there are some quite glaring slips which I'd personally prefer not hearing in a fugue. This does not sound like a digital, there's some sour notes in the treble. I did not hear any hiss (but that don't say much :D )

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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BTW The reason we don't want VBR files is because my stupid scripts and programs can't calculate the duration of a VBR recording. I'm sure it's
possible but probably complicated and time-consuming, and I can't be bothered with doing that.

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:23 pm 
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Francois de Larrard wrote:
pianolady wrote:
This is now up on the site.

Sorry to bother you again, but the link to my page is apparently missing. Regards,

Ok, it's there now. Sorry about that....

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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techneut wrote:
BTW The reason we don't want VBR files is because my stupid scripts and programs can't calculate the duration of a VBR recording. I'm sure it's
possible but probably complicated and time-consuming, and I can't be bothered with doing that.

Hence reading programs like Windows Media do it quite easily... and, at least for this file, I find the treble range better reproduced (although, as you, I cannot hear any hiss).

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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pianolady wrote:
Francois de Larrard wrote:
pianolady wrote:
This is now up on the site.

Sorry to bother you again, but the link to my page is apparently missing. Regards,

Ok, it's there now. Sorry about that....

Thank you !

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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
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This is a great recording. I liked the clarity of your voicing and the conclusive nature of the ending.


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 Post subject: Re: Handel - Fugue in G major HWV 606
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:47 pm 
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In-Flight Piano wrote:
This is a great recording. I liked the clarity of your voicing and the conclusive nature of the ending.

Thanks for your kind compliment. Hence, at the end Handel writes 'Adagio', as he had wanted to put a door just to get out of the loop... I think this manner inspired Beethoven in his ending of a number of pieces, as e.g. the scherzo of the 9th symphony.

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