Ciaccona is a slow moving dance on a ground bass, a variation form popular in the 17th-18th centuries. My piece is a set of variations on an eight-measure hexachord progression (set of six pitches) that is repeated eight times. The harmonic rhythm moves slowly, while the surface moves quickly in rapid gestures, landing on long resonances. The dance character is emphasized in variations IV and VII while the other variations offer a dychotomy between harmony and counterpoint inspired by the high baroque.
Bálint Karosi is an award-winning composer, concert organist, harpsichordist and conductor.
" … he possesses an ear for silvery orchestral sonorities.."
-- The Boston Globe (2015)
" .. a most impressive musical interpreter.."
-- The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)
" .. a must-hear recording"
-- Early Music America (2014)
“ Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…"
-- The Diapason (2014)
1st Prize: Leipzig International J. S. Bach Competition
1st Prize & Audience Prize: Dublin International Organ Competition
M.M.A. Yale University
A.D., M.M., Oberlin Conservatory
M.M. Liszt Academy
Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Geneve
Composition: Existentia 2nd movement
Composition: Existentia 3d movement
Composition: El Patio
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