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  •  the next step, i'm guessing (7+ / 0-)

    would be the repeated bass line that you'd find in a passacaglia or chaconne.  is that correct?

    in baroque keyboard music, one often finds sustained trills due to harpsichords not having sostenuto (i think i got the right name for the one on the right) pedals to hold notes for multiple measures or the capabilities of the organ.

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    by alguien on Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 01:26:52 PM PST

    •  Sostenuto is the middle pedal. (3+ / 0-)
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      The right pedal is the sustain pedal.

      Sostenuto only undampens the keys you're holding when you press it; sustain undampens all of them.

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      by Samer on Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 09:21:33 PM PST

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    •  Not sure if it was literally the 'next step', but (1+ / 0-)
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      it's certainly an elaboration of the basic theme.

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      by Samer on Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 09:22:10 PM PST

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    •  Passacaglia (3+ / 0-)
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      Pachelbel used a passacaglia (sometimes called a ground) in his famous Canon (sometimes called a round. So basically it is a ground round!

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      by Tuba Les on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 01:14:45 AM PST

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      •  In the flute choir arrangement (2+ / 0-)
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        I have done the alto flute gets the underpinnng for the whole bloody piece-talk about boring!

        I am so grateful to our church organist, with whom I have collaborated on quite a few weddings: she keeps coming up with shorter and shorter versions of Pachelbel.  We no have what we call "just the flavour" version of about 24 measures.

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        by barbwires on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 05:06:26 AM PST

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