Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Berlin Sonatas for viola da gamba and bass
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2006-05, introduction: Michael O’Loghlin, source: RISM: D-B KHM 25a and 25b
|G090||C.F. Abel, Two Berlin Sonatas for viola da gamba and bass, AbelWV B38–39 (A2:7–8), partly First Edition, VdG+Bc, 2 scores, 28 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-090-1||15.50 €|
These sonatas are among the most valued works by Abel for viola da gamba. They are rather different from his other chamber works, and show that he was able to absorb and creatively reproduce some elements of the specific Berlin style (sequence of movements, slow - fast - fast, appogiaturas). Abel’s bass lines are strong and purposefully melodic, and a chordal continuo instrument is not required.