Frederick the Great and His Musicians: The Viola Da Gamba Music of the Berlin School

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Music - 253 pages
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After decades of stagnation, the performing arts began to flourish in Berlin under Frederick the Great. A group of musician-composers were recruited who were to form the basis of a brilliant court ensemble, including C.P.E. Bach and the Graun brothers, encouraged by the presence of Ludwig Christian Hesse. They wrote music for the viola da gamba, an instrument which was already becoming obsolete elsewhere. This study shows how the unique situation in Berlin produced the last major corpus of music written for the viola da gamba, and how the more virtuosic works were probably the result of close collaboration between Hesse and the Berlin School composers. The book will appeal to professional and amateur viola da gamba players as well as to scholars of eighteenth-century German music.
 

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Contents

Berlin and the Berlin School
9
The Sources
49
The Forms and Genres Used in the Berlin Gamba Music
71
Alternative 1nstrumentation for the Viola da Gamba Parts
111
The Composers and their Works
143
Conclusion
205
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Michael Oe(tm)Loghlin is a musicologist, music educator, editor and professional orchestra musician based in Brisbane, Australia. He received his B.A. from the University of Sydney and his Ph.D from the University of. Queensland. He is now an Honorary Research Adviser at the School of Music, U.Q.

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