Sonatina No. 2 Opus 420 (Third Movement) “Gigue”

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Although maintaining the G minor key signature of this Sonatina,  this piquant and flowing finale is a delightful  contrast to the more somber first and second movements.  Written in a relatively unusual 12/8 time signature, it follows the tradition of the Baroque gigues which were a regular feature in the “suites” or collections of popular dances of that era.

While some valid argument might be raised as to why I could not have chosen the more familiar contemporary  3/4 time signature and used triplets,  my defense is that after the initial shock of the larger numbers,  the actual reading is much easier without a constant cascade of those triplets.

And as long as the correct  pulse is observed, the end result should be the same.  The first note of each measure is of course, the strongest with a slight emphasis on the first note of each group of three.    A purist would add a secondary stress to the first note of the third group of three.

The main difficulty in playing this gigue is that it is composed of a relentless stream of notes, with no breaks or pauses.  The pianist has to keep going.  Observe the correct fingering from the first days of practice and start slowly.

The result will be lovely.

sonatina gigue fragment

To download the complete score, click the link below

Sonatina No 2 Gigue Finale

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