Handel: Keyboard Works - Volume 4

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  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Editor: Terence Best
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • ISMN: 9790006446230
  • Size: 9.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 138
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The Suites nos 1 and 2 may well be Handel's earliest surviving keyboard works; we may reasonably assume that they were written in his boyhood in Halle. The early period which ended with his departure from Hamburg for Italy in 1706 possibly covers nos 1–18. Handel earned his living in Hamburg partly by giving harpsichord lessons, and may have written some or all of those pieces for his pupils.

The present volume contains all Handel's harpsichord works which survive only in contemporary manuscript copies. in the absence of autographs there is little direct evidence about dates of composition. The pieces are arranged in what the editor believes is their approximate chronological order: there being no historical evidence the order has been determined on stylistic comparison.


  • Suite in C Major, HWV 443
  • Partita in G Major, HWV 450
  • Prelude in D Minor, HWV 563
  • Prelude and Capriccio in G Major, HWV 571
  • Suite in G Minor, HWV 453
  • Prelude in D Minor, HWV 564
  • Allegro in C Major, HWV 472
  • Chaconne in F Major, HWV 485
  • Suite in D Minor, HWV 448
  • Suite in D Minor, HWV 449
  • Sonatina in D Minor, HWV 581
  • Allemande in A Minor, HWV 478
  • Fugue in F Major, HWV 611
  • Chaconne in G Minor, HWV 486
  • Partita in C Minor, HWV 444
  • Suite in C Minor, HWV 445
  • Prelude-Allegro in A Minor, HWV 576
  • Air in G Minor, HWV 467
  • Toccata in G Minor, HWV 586
  • Sonatina in G Minor, HWV 583
  • Sonata in G Minor, HWV 580
  • Concerto in G Major, HWV 487
  • Air in B-flat Major, HWV 471
  • Preludium in F Major, HWV 567
  • Preludium in F Minor, HWV 568
  • Prelude in G Minor, HWV 573
  • Prelude in E Major, HWV 566
  • Air in G Minor, HWV 466
  • Air in B-flat Major, HWV 470
  • Impertinence, HWV 494
  • Air in F Major, HWV 465
  • Allegro in D Minor, HWV 475
  • Courante in B Minor, HWV 489
  • Air in C Minor, HWV 458
  • Sonatina in A Minor, HWV 584
  • Aria in C Minor, HWV 459

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