6 Trio Sonatas, W.B 30-35 (Bach, Johann Christian)
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4 Sonate Notturne
Amsterdam: Mr. Markordt, n.d.(ca.1780).
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String Trios 2, 4 & 6
Walter Upmeyer (1876-1961)
From the uploader's library. Scanned A3 after unstapling.
Walter Upmeyer in his Introduction to this edition (1948) considers we can witness in this work the disappearance of the basso continuo in favour of the galant style of solo writing influenced by Tartini. He has based his (first) edition on manuscripts in the Berlin Schlossbibliothek.
|Work Title||4 Nocturnal Trio Sonatas, W B.30-35|
|Alternative Title||4 Sonate Notturno a 2 Violini e Basso o piuttosto Viola|
|Composer||Bach, Johann Christian|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||W. B 30-35|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, basso (cover page mentions an optional viola part, but it is missing from this set)|
The basso part has no numbers, but could be realized into a keyboard part. Grove lists the instrumentation for this piece as "2vn va/bc". They have also been published as op.2 (1763) and op.4 (1767).
- Does Grove's mean 2 violins, viola -and- basso continuo as seems more likely, or 2 violins and "viola or basso continuo" which is hard to understand offhand - basso continuo is a -very- wide range of instruments, which for all I know (yes? no?) may even be understood to include viola (?)... - I would have guessed 2vn va ; 2vn vc as a tag myself...
Warburton: 2 versions are given in book 3 (1999) (pp.75, 337) - 6 trios for 2 violins and bass (version A) / 2 violins and viola (version B), Breitkopf Collection 1. Version A "evidently copied from the Hummel edition (B 329)". Google Snippet View isn't very helpful here (and I've returned my interloaned copy of the Warburton) but Google does provide this lengthier snippet-
"Johann Christian Bach, Ernest Warburton. B/BB 328 Title page: Six / Sonatas or Trios / for two / Violins / and a / Bass / Compos'd by / Sigr: Bach / London. ... Bought of Mr Hill 1788 / R. Millner ex Jean August Stellfeld (1881-1952) Commentary: B 30-35 Version A2 Trios for 2 vn & vc, Breitkopf ... B/BB 329 Tide page: Six / Sonates / a Deux Violons / & Basse / Composes / par / Jean Cretien Bach". (Also, generally, when a bass part has no numbers, then "basse" means cello or, more rarely, bass, not realizable continuo, especially as late as 1780; that it could be realized into a keyboard part is a hypothetical of Baroque, not Classical, interest. - ES