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21 February 2019

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ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 7 A1 - MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes

Suite No. 8 in F minor: V - Gigue

George Frideric Handel

Grade 7 Piano ABRSM 2019/2020 A1

Teaching Notes

Articulation and length of notes is key to a stylish performance. The persistent LH quavers, should be lightly detached, but be careful of longer crotchets and dotted crotchets that occur in other parts. A particular tricky passage is bars 31 and 32. Be careful here that the quaver in the RH on the half bar is shorter than the LH crotchet beneath it.

Also be aware that occasionally, some quavers are marked with a slur. 

Taking the first of these instances (the cadence in bar 5) it seems logical that similar passages would imitate the same articulation. For example, in this video performance, a similar slur is added to bar 13, 39 and 47.

Likewise, in the vein of keeping the style consistent, the slightly longer first note of each triplet group in bar 10, is repeated in similar bars such as 11, 21, 22, 36-38, 44 and 45. Now for most, the big leaps of a 10th or 11th would be beyond the normal hand span, so a dab of pedal could be used to lengthen just this first quaver of the triplet group in the bars noted above.

Your musicality will shine through with the addition of creatively added dynamics, which although not written, need to be added. (This video performance gives just one possible example of dynamic shaping, but feel free to be inspired with your own interpretation.)

Finally, a slight easing of tempo at the end produces a stylish finish to this movement.

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