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Tactus, a fantasia for harpsichord (2010)
Liz Lane

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A meeting with Colin in the summer of 2008 resulted in a decision to write a piece of around 6-7 minutes, starting at a fairly free, slow tempo and evolving into something more upbeat; the work would complement, and contrast with, the mostly traditional repertoire of his performance programmes.


The subtitle, A fantasia for harpsichord, is inspired by the sectional structure, similar to that of 16th and 17th century fantasias with their free improvisatory elements; however, in this piece, each section’s motifs evolve throughout whilst the tempo is underpinned by a steady pulse. It is this which gives the piece its title, Tactus.


Duration: 6-7 minutes

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