August 15, 2012 1:17 AM   Subscribe

Passacaglia by Georg Muffat, a noteworthy Austrian Baroque composer.

(played by Andreas Staier [harpsichord warning])

The piece is part of Muffat's Apparatus Musico-Organisticus which is available in various versions, including the full facsimile of the original print from 1690 here. (some pages of this piece are jumbled in the original, but none missing).

Other Passacagilas: by
Louis Couperin (also harpsichord),
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (violin solo).

And finally a Passacaglia for baroque orchestra, again by Muffat.
posted by Namlit (9 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for posting... I needed that violin solo with my tea! In return, here's a Handel Passacaglias on harp. I saw a great performance of this as a harp solo a few months back; it was lovely... and donations only. It's rather astonishing how much good live music is available at little or no cost if you plug into your local music scene. (Of course, if you can donate generously, please do.)
posted by theplotchickens at 4:50 AM on August 15, 2012

Battlestar Passacaglia (and variation)
posted by curious nu at 7:11 AM on August 15, 2012

And its cousin, the Chaconne!
posted by jph at 7:24 AM on August 15, 2012

Very nice on a day that needed some stress release.
posted by BlueHorse at 9:07 AM on August 15, 2012

Don't forget Shostakovich's moving passacaglia movement from his first violin concerto.
posted by fremen at 10:50 AM on August 15, 2012 [1 favorite]

And one from Robert Fripp
posted by doctor_negative at 4:33 PM on August 15, 2012

Of course, Bach's Passacaglia and fugue in C minor. One of the greatest organ pieces of all time, but also fantastic in Respighi's orchestration.

I also like Buxtehude's Passacaglia in D minor, especially in this transcription for two harpsichords.
posted by Bektashi at 4:48 PM on August 15, 2012

This one's not a Passacaglia, but a Ciaccona by Merula. Love.
posted by trombodie at 6:34 PM on August 15, 2012

Here's a very nice recording of a Handel Pascagalia on classical guitar. It has remarkable sound (mostly due to the stairwell it's being recorded in), in spite of the fact that it appears to be from a VHS dub.
posted by Slurgi at 11:56 PM on August 16, 2012

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