Part Suite-a scrambles elements familiar from Baroque
suites and partitas with other musical flavors.
The introductory "Passacaglialude" follows the
usual form of a passacaglia, which is unified by a repeating bass line and
series of chords. Here the seven-measure phrase consists of the same six-note
chord throughout, in seven different voicings. The phrase gradually speeds up.
"Lullabande" features the strong second beat of
the sarabande in a mostly serene lullaby.
"Scherzoid" is generally playful, in the manner
of scherzo, though it is perhaps occasionally threatening, in a friendly sort
Part Suite-a was written for Nadia Shpachenko, whose
sparkling musicality is a constant inspiration.