He is trying to find a suitable place for each moment, each harmony and each note. Häkkinen uses a limited pitch set, giving each tone a different role – at times harmoniously according to their appropriate roles, at times discordantly against their nature.
While not actually entering enharmonic territory, the programme does explore how and why enharmonic changes come into being. For example, can one use a B flat as an A sharp, and if so, what does it express?
The test material for this experiment comes from the music of J.S. Bach, Couperin and Froberger.
Matias Häkkinen, harpsichord
J.S.Bach, Couperin, Froberger
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