Four Pieces For a Musical Clock
Last updated: 19.12.19
"Four Pieces for a Musical Clock" by G.F. Handel was amongst the first purchases that I made whilst still a young Petty Officer on H.M.S. Victorious in April 1965. According to Fritz Spiegel's notes these pieces are based on a manuscript in the Royal Music Library entitled Ten Tunes for Clay's Musical Clock
. Charles Clay was a famous clockmaker who worked in London during the first part of the eighteenth century and made clocks equipped sets both of bells and miniature organ pipes which could play music of considerable intricacy. Further pieces from this work are given in Sonata and Allegro
The pieces are: Allegro, Allegro Courante, Minuet, Air (Gavotte). I've played these items on a couple of occasions notably with a very young gifted lady, Bettina Seebeck, erstwhile member of the Klingende Runde für jung und alt in 1982 and later on tour in Yorkshire in 1984.