The capriccio was a sectional imitative genre with a perky subject. Much like the canzona, it also often included little bits of toccata-like free rhapsodic passagework sandwiched in between blocks of contrapuntal material. Froberger appears to have picked up the genre from his teacher Girolamo Frescobaldi, who published a set of capriccios that all display thematic unity from section to section in each work. Froberger's capriccios work just like those of his teacher, and like Frescobaldi, the subject of each section in his capriccios is thematically related even if it employs a different rhythm, meter, or character. This capriccio is the last of the six capriccios in Froberger's Libro di Capricci e Ricercati, which he appeared to have assembled some time around 1658. This capriccio is in four sections. The subject material consists of an ascending chromatic scale through the interval of a fifth. In the first section the subject appears also in inversion right from the beginning of the exposition. The second section features a subject closely related to the first, but this time the subject appears only in inversion. The third section is in a triple meter and consists entirely of four-voice homophony. Interestingly, the chromatic ascending pattern initially appears in the soprano, then later in the bass. The last section features the subject moving in faster note values and pits the ascending chromatic pattern once again against its inversion.
Description by Andrus Madsen
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