Picardy’s Piece

I admit to being a passionate admirer of Baroque music, the Renaissance era and the TrickyPicardy Third.  This obscure harmonic cadence first used by early 16th century composers, unexpectedly introduces an odd resolution from the minor mode to   the major on that  final chord.  It is oddly startling and to my ears, exquisitely beautiful.  The music develops in the traditional way and one fully expects that last chord to be synchronous with the key signature of the piece.  But it’s NOT.

In “Picardy’s Piece” you will find three instances of the Picardy third which I’ve marked with stars so you can easily locate them.   And I have also introduced a series of “rolled” chords in the left hand.   These are great fun to play and offer a rich contrasting accompaniment.  To play them effectively, keep your fingers positioned over the chord and quickly  “roll” the notes from bottom to top of the each marked chord.  In “Picardy’s Piece” the rolled chords should be played firmly and with a bit of attitude.  Lift your hands off the keys with a little flourish after each rolled chord.

This is a lovely piece which contrasts rather bold rhythmic sections with passages of very nimble fingerwork.  It is not an easy piece and requires some technical skill to play well.  But as I work on pieces for “budding” pianists, sometimes one of them takes over and gets away from me.  The “Picardy Piece” did just that.  And I let it run away gleefully.

Enjoy!

Picardy Clip

 

 

.Click on the link below to download the full score↓

Picardy’s Piece

 And for a Live Performance↓

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