“Blithe Spirit”

This lovely lilting piece introduces a deceptively simple theme, featuring a few simple ornaments and a triplet figure.  But those triplets are just biding their time, waiting for their moment in the sun, which is the brilliant development section.   Suddenly the tempo seems to surge ahead and there is no respite from the even cascade of notes.

One of the most difficult aspects of Baroque music is the relentless and continuous flow of notes, unrelieved by slower chord passages. The middle section of this piece echoes that same stsyle.   So the student must be careful to use the correct fingerings from that first sight reading, since body memory must be established in order to play the notes accurately to speed.

“Blithe Spirit” is a tricky piece which is enormously good fun to play.

Blithe Spirit

 

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Blithe Spirit

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