Two manuscripts containing 7 keyboard partita’s are held by the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. The partita’s vary in length, the number of dances, their type and order seem somewhat arbitrary. But they all have one thing in common: they stick to the mind. Originally meant for harpsichord, they work very well on organ too. The seven partita’s form a collection of 51 pieces, each of which can be of great value in musical education, or as a quick to learn intermezzo during service. They are relatively easy, but written with great ingenuity and craftmanship. Practise one of them for half an hour, and you’ll find yourself humming the piece for the rest of the day.
The fourth partita is the only one in a minor tonality, d minor to be precise. That makes the six dances of this partita a bit special among the 51 of al 7 partita’s. Well, five, actually, because the Trio of the Menuet is again in D major. I especially like the slow moving Aria of this partita.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradis, of the Transept organ in the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam.
04:15 Menuet & Trio
07:40 Aria (adagio)
Scheibe, Partita IV