The names of the composers included here read like a “Who is Who” of the heyday of Bohemian musicians and composers from the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. They include F. Benda, J. Stamitz, J. L. Dussek and J. B. Vanhal, in their time names that were known throughout Europe, and who predominantly worked at noteworthy courts in different countries. Today their music is largely overshadowed by that of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Yet the Bohemians particularly excelled as far as the violin sonata was concerned. Our two volume edition will provide the curious (and indeed already quite advanced) violinist with a colourful bouquet of worthwhile discoveries.
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This twin-volume edition contains violin sonatas by composers of the Bohemian region from about 1730 to 1810. The selection exemplifies various stages in the development of the violin sonata. Each of the five sonatas making up Volume I reflects the type of the traditional baroque trio-sonata usually entitled as “solo” for violin with continuo accompaniment. Many violin … more