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Keyboard Works Book 1

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Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

ABRSM ABRSM Piano (2021 to 2022)
Grades: 8
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Grades: 8

From the Publisher

Handel Keyboard Works Volume 1 (HWV 426-433)
First Set of 1720. The Eight Great Suites. Revised Edition

Throughout his life Handel was famous as a brilliant performer on keyboard instruments, and he began composing for them in his youth: his early training under Zachow included the study of the most important 17th-century German composers for the keyboard, and their influence can be seen in the harpsichord music which he had written by the time he left Hamburg for Italy in 1706.  He seems to have taken it up again only after he settled in England in 1712, and during the next few years he wrote a large number of harpsichord works, with a peak about 1717, when he was becoming involved with the music at Cannons.

Apparently Handel was in no hurry to publish these compositions, and manuscript copies were made for friends and patrons.  The primary source for our text is the third impression of the Cluer edition.  As well as the Walsh, le Cène and Leclerc editions there are important manuscript sources, including some autographs, which give much additional information concerning the text.

The edition, based on the Urtext of the “Halle Handel Edition”, has been edited by the internationally-renowned Handel scholar Terence Best.  The music text in each volume, which also takes into consideration alternative versions of individual pieces, is accompanied by a detailed foreword on the history of the compositions, transmission and performance practice.

- Urtext based on the “Halle Handel Edition”

- Comprehensive edition of Handel’s keyboard works Volumes I-IV (BA 4221-4224)

- Detailed introductory text with notes on performance practice (Ger/Eng)

- Based on the latest Handel research findings


    1. Suite no. 1 in A major HWV 426 [Handel, George Frideric]
    2. Suite no. 2 in F major HWV 427 [Handel, George Frideric]
    3. Suite no. 3 in D minor HWV 428 [Handel, George Frideric]
    4. Suite no. 4 in E minor HWV 429 [Handel, George Frideric]
    5. Suite no. 5 in E major HWV 430 [Handel, George Frideric]
    6. Suite no. 6 in F-sharp minor HWV 431 [Handel, George Frideric]
    7. Suite no. 7 in G minor HWV 432 [Handel, George Frideric]
    8. Suite no. 8 in F minor HWV 433 [Handel, George Frideric]
    9. Appendix: Original Finale (Movement 5) from Suite no. 2: Allegro in F major HWV 427/[5] [Handel, George Frideric]
    10. First Version of Original Finale from Suite no. 2: Prelude in F major HWV 488 [Handel, George Frideric]
    11. Preliminary Form of Suite no. 3, Movement 1: Prelude in D minor HWV 565 [Handel, George Frideric]
    12. Variant of Suite no. 3, Movement 5 [Handel, George Frideric]
    13. First Version of Suite no. 3, Movement 6: Lesson in D minor HWV 495a [Handel, George Frideric]
    14. Early Version of Suite no. 3, Movement 6 [Handel, George Frideric]
    15. Variant of Suite no. 3, Movement 6: Lesson in D minor HWV 495b [Handel, George Frideric]
    16. Original Version of Suite no. 4, Movement 2 [Handel, George Frideric]
    17. Original Version of Suite no. 4, Movement 4, mm. 41-48 [Handel, George Frideric]
    18. Early Version of Suite no. 5, Movement 2 [Handel, George Frideric]
    19. Early Version of Suite no. 5, Movement 3 [Handel, George Frideric]
    20. Early Version of Suite no. 5, Movement 4 [Handel, George Frideric]
    21. Early Version of Suite no. 5, Movement 4 [Handel, George Frideric]
    22. Autograph Version of Suite no. 6, Movement 4 [Handel, George Frideric]

Item Details

Category: Piano Repertoire
Publisher: Bärenreiter
Publisher's reference: BA4224
Our Stock Code: 1071641
Media Type: Paperback