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Balli per Cembalo
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This volume presents four of the earliest Italian manuscript collections of keyboard dances and dance songs, dating from about 1540 to c.1620 and vividly demonstrates the development of early keyboard writing from the pre-existing repertoire of the lute. The majority of these short and expressive pieces are transcribed into modern notation here for the first time, and their origins fully documented with concordances. Such repertoire is suitable for any keyboard instrument and (apart from the "lost" piece by Facoli which ends the volume) are of slight technical difficulty and suitable for students and beginners, as well as for use by early music ensembles.
smooth ed. Christopher Hogwood
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Il bel ciglio d'Irene
pixelTomaso Albinoni
This cantata, from an important manuscript in Berlin containing 18 Albinoni cantatas for soprano and continuo, is the opening work of the set. A shepherd receives a glance that he believes to be significant from Irene, on whom he has set his affections. Was this glance genuinely meant or only teasing? In two recitatives and two arias, variously playful and reflective, Albinoni explores the possibilities.
smooth ed. Michael Talbot
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Six Flute Quintets (Vol. 1)
Six Flute Quintets (Vol. 2)
pixelLuigi Boccherini smooth
It was during Boccherini's time in Spain that he wrote this present set of 6 quintets for flute and strings, listed by the composer in his autograph catalogue as Op. 17, "opera piccola", and dated 1773. Boccherini's use of the diminutive reflects the intimate and small-scale nature of these works, each quintet being cast in two movements, in contrast to the more usual four-movement structure favoured by Boccherini's north European contemporaries.
ed. Jennifer Caesar
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Six variations for harp on Voi che sapete
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Nicholas-Charles Bochsa, the most innovative harpist of the 19th century, is known more for his life-story than his music; not only composer and impresario, but forger and bigamist, he fled France for London where he became Professor of Harp at the Royal Academy of Music.
His writing for the harp was revolutionary and as colourful as his career; this set of virtuoso variations on a theme from Figaro survives both in print and autograph, showing illuminating differences. An appendix contains two short Mozart arrangements from his famous harp Méthode, fully fingered by Bochsa himself.
smooth ed. Christopher Hogwood
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Sonata in B flat major for clarinet and keyboard
pixelFrançois Devienne
Francois Devienne's music has long been highly rated for its grace and balance. As examples of the classical sonata for clarinet they represent probably the finest sonatas of the period and are faithfullly reproduced with editorial notes and commentary. The original articulation is retained to enable the developing player of both classical and modern clarinet to develop their own understanding of the articulated style of the period. Recommended for about AB Grades 7 or 8 onwards.
smooth ed. Nicholas Cox
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Sinfonia in A minor/Sinfonia in C major
 Francesco Navara
These two sonatas/sinfonias survive in Durham Cathedral Library as part of a collection of numerous late 17th and early 18th century Italian instrumental compositions. The work in A minor records the date of 1697 and his post at the Mantuan court; Maestro di Cappella di S.A.S. di Mantova, whilst the work in C is inscribed Fatta per la Signora Cati, probably alluding to one of the ladies of the court.
smooth ed. Adrian Chandler
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Short Score
 Stephen Pratt
Short Score is in four short movements, which reflect the traditional layout of a sonata. The first is characterised by clarinet arabesques, which once or twice stray into the piano; the second is a brief scherzo, which begins and ends in with the lowest note of the instrument; the third, a somewhat restless slow movement; and the final movement, marked with abandon, brings things to a brisk conclusion, hinting at moments from the three previous movements along the way.
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Flute quartet No. 3 in D major/No. 4 in G major
 Alessandro Rolla
Alessandro Rolla was a viola and violin virtuoso and a composer, predominantly of chamber music.The present quartets reveal not only his first-hand understanding of string technique and his proficiency in writing effectively for strings, but also a clear familiarity with the flute of his day. They feature a number of attractive solos for all four instruments without recourse to gratuitous displays of virtuosity for its own sake.
ed. Michael Elphinstone
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