So, I was practicing Dieupart's "Sixieme Suite" in F min., getting ready for the E-cital of suites, and the Courante was giving me fits! I could not for the life of me make anything out of the notation in 3/2 and find anything like a flow, or otherwise figure out, "How does this thing go?!?!
". So, I went looking for a recording on YouTube--kind of like having someone who is reading over your shoulder pronounce a word for you that you are stumbling with when trying to "sound it out".
I found several renditions in different arrangements: solo harpsichord; flute, violin, cello, organ; harpsichord and flute. In one of those renditions, they gave a dotted rhythm to the Allemande and the Courante, which gave it a very jaunty, dance-like feel. It was beautiful and made all kinds of sense, though the score from which I am reading does not notate it that way.
Andrey Postoev and Taras Baginet swing the Allemande: http://youtu.be/b-Jare2a1Lg?t=4m19s
Claudius Kamp and Mikhail Yarzhembovskiy swing the Courante: http://youtu.be/vW19nLPhZEc?t=4m3s
So then, this morning, while I was practicing Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 5, (the one that has in it what is commonly called, "The Harmonious Blacksmith"), I decided to swing the Courante, which also had been giving me certain kinds of fits. WOW! REVELATION! Seriously, giving it a jaunty dotted rhythm caused it to make sense to me in a very musical way that it had not before. I mean, there is this very strange passage in the second section of the Courante that cleared up instantly with this rhythm.
In the last few years, I have learned enough to know that I can distrust a fair amount of things when it comes to the way Baroque music is edited for publication. For instance, I pay NO ATTENTION to dynamic markings! LOL!
My question to those of you who know this stuff: Was it written one way with the understanding that it would be played another? I've seen many pieces of popular sheet music tunes that give a notation at the top of the page where it says something like, "swing feel," or where it shows, "eighth note = dotted eighth," or some such thing. When I followed these Dieupart renditions with the music, it was like someone cracked a code for me, though I am sure it does not apply to all Allemandes and Courantes (or Correntes, or whatever kind of regional Continental spelling there may be with all of the corresponding intricacies of nuance and cultural differences betwixt and amongst them...
) for all time in every way...
The question is, "Can I (may I) swing the Courante in Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 5?"