While the trio sonata for two violins and continuo tends to be associated with Italy, that for flute, violin and continuo was largely the province of German composers such as Telemann, Bach and Handel. How surprising, then, that one of the first collections for this particular scoring was composed by a Frenchman, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755), whose Op. 41 sonatas (1732) were intentionally written in the ‘Italian style’. Modelled on the works of Corelli, they also bear the influence of Vivaldi, yet individual sonatas reveal a French character too, thanks to Boismortier’s rich harmonic language, his many typically ‘French’ melodic lines and the occasional presence of French agréments.
Editor:Michael Elphinstone Publication date: October 2014 Instruments: Flute, violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Series:Baroque Pages: xiii/31 + 3 × 4 ISMN: 979 0 708092 97 1 ISBN: 978 1 910359 04 4 Code: HH372.FSP Price: £25.00 More information
Bitti's twelve ‘Cambridge’ sonatas, presented to Cardinal Ottoboni, represent the ‘late’, galant Bitti, full of lovingly sculpted ornamental detail for the violin but with the same resourceful harmony and perfectly proportioned forms as before. The third sonata of the group, in four movements, is a radically updated new version of the first ‘London’ sonata (published as HH328). Each of its four movements lavishly decorates and/or paraphrases the material of the earlier model, producing what is, in effect, a new composition that breathes the air of the 1720s.
Editor:Michael Talbot | Antonio Frigé Publication date: October 2014 Instruments: Violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Series:Baroque Pages: ix/8 + 2 × 4 ISMN: 979 0 708092 07 0 ISBN: 978 1 910359 08 2 Code: HH342.FSP Price: £8.95 More information
I would therefore recommend it to every keyboard-player to expand their expressive range and to every nonlutenist wanting to explore the music of Dowland, to learn about the art of variation, or to further their knowledge of this great composer. The Consort