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Raymond Burley

Various: Anthology of Baroque Sonatas

cover of Various: Anthology of Baroque Sonatas

released 1995   UK: Schott

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Anthology of Baroque Sonatas: Bach, Cimarosa, Seixas and Soler
41 pages.
Published by Schott & Co. Ltd. (49003231)

From the Preface:
The term ´Sonata´has been used since the 17th Century to describe an instrumental chamber composition asn opposed to ´Cantata´implying a work for voices. By the late 18th Century Sonata had become restricted almost entirely to works for one or two instruments - usually harpsichord or, e.g. violin or flute together with harpsichord continuo.

The pieces featured in this anthology were composed entirely for solo instruments - the single movement sonatas by Soler, Cimarosa, and Seixas, were originally for harpsichord and the four-movement Bach Sonata was for the violin.

All the works in the current collection have been adapted to a greater or lesser degree; adjustments include transposing the piece to a more accommodating key, raising some bass notes by an octave and - in the harpsichord pieces - the thinning out of some harmonies. After careful consideration I have decided to add a minimal amount of supporting bass notes to the Bach Sonata and lower some of the existing bass notes by an octave.

updated: 12 years ago