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: December 2014 Instruments: Flute, violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Series:Baroque Pages: xiii/27 + 3 × 12 ISMN: 979 0 708092 98 8 ISBN: 978 1 910359 05 1 Code: HH373.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 fifth sonata of the group is a pure sonata da chiesa, none of its four movements containing repeats or conforming to a recognizable dance type. The fast movements test the violinist’s agility, while the arabesques of the slow movements highlight lyrical expression.
Editor:Michael Talbot | Antonio Frigé Publication date: December 2014 Instruments: Violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Series:Baroque Pages: viii/11 + 2 × 4 ISMN: 979 0 708041 29 0 ISBN: 978 1 910359 10 5 Code: HH344.FSP Price: £9.95 More information