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 fifth partita is first one to start with a prelude rather than a Allemande. The Sarabande of his partita is not really a Sarabande, but with it’s ostinato bass rythm it’s a very nice piece. In the performance here, I double some of the left hand part with the pedals. The Menuet Alternativement of this partita is simple piece, but effective and a highly enjoyable conclusion to the partita.
The recording was done with the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradis, of the Transept organ in the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam.
10:40 Menuet I & Menuet II
Scheibe, Partita V