TitelseiteAnonym, London 1710
Aires & Symphonys

Opera tunes and Lessons for viola da gamba solo

Preface Reviews [in German version] Sample page CDs [in German version] 2nd sample page Errata / Addenda Sound samples "Sound sample" Deutsche Version

Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2012-07, introduction: Peter Holman, source: print London ca. 1710

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G220Anonymous, Aires & Symphonys, Opera tunes and Lessons for viola da gamba solo, VdG, score with introduction, 32 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-220-216.00 €


This anonymous collection was published in London ca. 1710, at the time when the great English repertory of fantasies and divisions for the viola da gamba was increasingly being replaced by arrangements of violin music and opera arias. It contains popular arias arranged for solo viola da gamba from Italian operas produced in London in the previous few years, as well as suites of shorter dances or ‘lessons’. “Airs & Symphonys” extends the repertory for solo viola da gamba in an interesting way. The level of difficulty is moderate. A detailed introduction by Peter Holman puts the collection in its historical context.

Errata / Addenda

[30.06.14] G220 page 32, hint by Thomas Fritzsch
G220, page 32, "26 Very Slow",
bar 4: the second note is missing a trill sign (=)
bar 8: the natural sign at the first chord should be eliminated [IS: B-d, SHOULD BE: B flat-d]