Divertimento in A major, W.Va:A1 (Vanhal, Johann Baptist)
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From Czech National Library (has more direct manuscriptorium.com directly to this divertimento's page, btw) Manuscript copy, late 18th century, by Josef Cyril Strachota.
|Work Title||Divertimento in A|
|Composer||Vanhal, Johann Baptist|
|Composer Time Period||Classical|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
Divertimento ex A# a Violino Primo, Violino Secundo, AltoViola, con Basso. Del Sig: Wannhall. Ex Musicalibus Josephi Cyrilli Strachota mppria
"basso" is not basso continuo in most music of the classical era (unless you see figures). Nor, contrary e.g. to the classification of a number of works of the period as having double-bass parts ("quartets" for 2 violins, viola and double-bass), does it usually mean contrabass. It was, in fact, a common term for "violoncello". (The fact that the line will go below low "E" in many of these works - impossible on a 4-string db - is usually a signal of this. Note the low "D" at the end of the trio, "basso" part, this divertimento.)