Anonymous (Berlin, 18th century)
Königliche Gambenduos (Royal Gamba Duets)
23 Sonatas by French and Italian composers of the eighteenth century in contemporary transcriptions (collection M6208 of the Royal House Library of the Berlin Palace), for 2 bass viols
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2002-02, source: RISM: D-B KHM 6208
The author of these transcriptions is not known. Probably this collection was written with the help of the viol virtuoso L. C. Hesse, who was the personal gamba instructor of the Prince of Prussia (who later became King Friedrich Wilhelm II). With the exception of volumes 2 and 3 the transcribed originals are violin Sonatas with b.c. The first part is notated in treble clef (as in the original) as well as in alto clef. These Sonatas are very well Suited for instructional purposes. Those parts which are notated in treble clef can also be played on the treble viol. The duets by Boismortier (vol 2 and 3) can also be played on cellos, both parts are notated in bass clef.
Errata / Addenda
The modifications and additions which are listed below have been incorporated in our print masters. Depending on the time of print they may or may not be contained in your copy.
[29.01.07] G035 page 12
G035 and G035A, page 12, bar 14, lower part, third note [IS c', SHOULD BE c' sharp]