Composition - - American Recorder Society
Chaconne in 'Diocletian'
By Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
 Arranged By Anthony St. Pierre
Anthony St. Pierre has arranged and recorded this famous chaconne, originally for two alto recorders and basso continuo, for AATB recorders. His tenor line fills out the harmony in Purcell’s style, and his variations on the ground are consistent with baroque performance practice. One may play the tenor part on the bass from the alternative part provided. The tessitura lies higher on the bass, allowing for easier projection.

Score, parts, and Play-along audio files are furnished. One file omits both alto parts. The file without the bass opens with a six-beat count-in. Once under way, the bass must maintain a very steady tempo in order to arrive on time for the entries of alto I and tenor in b. 7. For reference, a performance recording is also provided.
Anthony St. Pierre has composed several pieces based on works by Henry Purcell which are included in the ARS New Music Library:
Around on a Ground
Rondeau from 'Abdelazar'
Three Pimped Purcell Pieces
Various Variants of Purcell Airs
Anthony St. Pierre has recorded play-along parts for this piece.

Listen to all parts
No alto 1 - you play alto
No alto 2 - you play alto
No tenor - you play tenor
No bass - you play bass
No alto 1 or alto 2 - you and a friend play altos
No. of Recorder Parts:
Play-alongs, Arrangements and Transcriptions
Date Added:
Recorded Accompaniment, Renaissance/Baroque/Classical