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For my first performance piece I performed the fourth movement from Sonata Number 8 called Allegro by Giovanni Battista Pescetti

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Performance 1 Appraisal For my first performance piece I performed the fourth movement from Sonata Number 8 called Allegro by Giovanni Battista Pescetti. Giovanni Pescetti (1704-1766) was an Italian Musician who found employment in Venice and London, mainly as a composer of operas but also as a harpsichord player. The melody in Allegro is written following a strict pattern of mainly semiquavers. It uses quavers as an introductory passage to the main phrases which are written in semiquavers. This is relative to the baroque period of which this music was written. The piece is opened with five quavers in step descending, this is then imitated by the left hand which does the same thing an octave lower. After this two bar introduction the right hand plays a bar of semiquavers, again imitated by the left hand a bar afterwards playing the same thing an octave lower. ...read more.

Middle

Although the piece is in the key of C, everything up until the first perfect cadence is written in G major, as every F is sharpened so therefore the chord at the perfect cadence is a G major chord (first inversion.) The piece then continues in the same way that it started, the left hand imitates the right hand for four bars and then continues in G major following the pattern of a full bar of semi quavers in the right hand. For the main body of the piece, the left hand consists of two quavers and a crotchet in a bar, or a full bar of quavers, or one crotchet and one quaver in a bar. In bar 23, again there is a key change from G major, to the relative minor of the key that the piece is written in, which is A minor. ...read more.

Conclusion

The composer makes the change into E major in a descending scale run from bar 51 by the use of F, D C and G sharps. This perfect cadence, again gives the impression that the piece has come to a close. After this perfect cadence the opening of the piece is then repeated (14 bars) however instead of modulating to G major, the piece stays in C major, as it started in, and finishes on a perfect cadence of C. When this piece was written, it wouldn't have been written for piano but for harpsichord therefore it has been arranged for piano. The arranger has made it easier for me to play by adding finger patterns to the score, this makes the piece flow more easily. The piece is written around 3 octaves on the piano however uses nearly every note in these octaves due to all the key changes. ...read more.

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