There has been increased general interest in the Bohemian composer Johann Baptist Georg Neruda (c. 1711–1776) over the past few years, especially due to his frequently played trumpet concerto. A respected violinist and longstanding member of the Dresden Court Orchestra, he did, however, mainly compose for the violin. The substantial and technically quite demanding Violin Sonata in a minor was published for the first time ever in 1982 as part of our edition “Bohemian Violin Sonatas” (HN 334). We are now proud to present it in a practical single edition with a new preface as well as an additional unmarked part.
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Johann Baptist Georg (Jan Křtitel Jiří) Neruda (ca. 1711–76) takes his place among the many Bohemian musicians who left a lasting mark on European musical life in the 18th century. To this day, names such as Johann Stamitz, Franz Benda, Leopold Koželuh, Johann Baptist Vanhal and Johann Ladislaus Dussek are well-known, and their works are regular fixtures in today’s … more
About the composer
Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
A composer and violinist of the pre-Classical period. During his lifetime, his works were primarily known in Germany, Bohemia, and Sweden. Among his mainly instrumental compositions, some of which are regarded as lost, are 36 symphonies, ten violin concerti, trio sonatas, and what today is his most popular work, the Concerto for Trumpet, Strings, and Continuo in E-flat major, originally written for French horn.
|around 1711||Probably born in Rosice. He is educated in violin and cello. He is employed for several years in a theater orchestra in Prague.|
|from 1741||He moves to Dresden and enters the service of Count Frederick August Rutowski.|
|around 1750||He obtains an appointment at the Dresden Hofkapelle (Court Chapel), initially as fourteenth, and then after a few years as fifth, violinist. His sons Ludwig and Anton Friedrich are trained by him in violin and likewise join the Dresden Hofkapelle.|
|1776||Dies in Dresden on October 11.|
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The scholarly preface is first class and the manuscript source housed in the Lund University Library is used to excellent effect as the basis for this publication.