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Learning from Handel - Reverse Engineering a Keyboard Extract

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The following extract is from a Handel Fantasia for keyboard. It is a little more complex than most continuo parts but gives a good idea of how to write stylistically for keyboard. The other main difference is that, for continuo writing, the left hand contains the bass line ONLY with everything else in the right hand.

First add figured bass to the example then take your own figured bass and realise it in the simplest way possible according to the first two stages of the method we have been using.

Write down any lessons that you can learn - if you were trying to produce a similar short keyboard extracts what embellishing characteristics could you copy?

When you have done this, have a look at the comments on the following page.

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