Johann Gottfried Mente (1698-ca.
Suite for viola da gamba and basso continuo
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2015-03, source: print Leipzig 1759, today Russian State library Moskau
|G272||Mente, Suite for viola da gamba, VdG+Bc, Score with introduction, 2 parts, 32 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-272-1||13.80 €|
In this Suite, the influences of French viol music (Marais) mix with those of German sensitivity (J. G. Graun, C. P. E. Bach, Schaffrath). Rapid scale passages and multi-voiced chords characterize this catchy and captivating music. It is certainly not a coincidence that Mente chose the key of A Minor, since it offers the possibility of exploiting to the full the low notes of the seventh string. Mente was obviously an outstanding artist on this instrument, and the Suite deserves a place in the repertoire of late viol music from Germany.
Errata / Addenda
[13.04.21] G272 page 11
G272, page 11, bar 13, VdG upper voice note 3-4 [IS c'-b, SHOULD BE d'-c’].
G272A, page 7 correspondingly.