Johann Jacob Froberger

Capriccio, for keyboard in C major/G major, FbWV 506

    Description by Andrus Madsen

    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.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Raumklang RK 3503
    2016 Aeolus Music AE 10701
    2013 Querstand VKJK 1217
    2012 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099960249
    2012 Sony Classical 5463882
    2012 Enchiriadis EN 2032
    2008 Sony Classical 88697318972
    2003 Erato
    2000 Astree 8805
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 62732
    1995 Teldec 77606