six baroque suites (1983-85)

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979-0-804006-29-2

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Reddy's six baroque suites were completed between 1983 and 1985 while he was lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville (UDW), South Africa. As someone steeped in early music since adolescence, and a virtuoso keyboardist, Reddy found it very easy to write exercises in baroque style for his harmony & counterpoint students. The suites are a tribute to J.S. Bach, whose Well-Tempered Clavier he performed at UDW in 1983, although they draw on other composers' styles as well. Reddy performed the suites, especially 1-3, several times, but the works remained in manuscript until 2006, when he typset them in Sibelius, modernising the notation to some extent and adding tempo markings. He printed the cycle out and bound it with front covers drawn from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, suggesting the very personal meanings the six suites had for him.