Summary Of ' The Fourth Partita ' Essay

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Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828
The fourth partita, whose original title page was dated 1728, is the most splendid of the partitas. Three or four movements – the overture, courante, gigue and perhaps the minuet – evoke orchestral style, but the remainder are intimate and highly expressive. The overture is of the same type found in the orchestral suites of Bach. Such movements are usually regarded as consisting of a slow dotted section followed by a fugue, but many can also be viewed as sort of binary form. Often the second half is, as here, a fugue in concerto style having little in common with the first half. Yet the tonal structure is that of a binary form, the first half moving to the dominant, and there is no explicit change of tempo at the beginning of the second half, despite the change in meter and character. The dotted section comprises just three long phrases, and these are the usual ones for a binary suite movement: the opening thematic statement, cadencing in the tonic; a modulating transition and a closing phrase leading to a firm cadence in the dominant. The meter in the fugal section is a somewhat complicated 9/8 time, the eighths within the beat being grouped into anapestic patterns (weak-weak-strong) that reflect the organization of the beats themselves. The first dance movement is arguably Bach’s finest allemande…

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