Cover pageBenjamin Hely (?-1699)
A Sett of Lessons

One-part and two-part pieces for the Viola da Gamba Lesson

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

Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2017-10, source: Print "The Compleat Violist", London 1699 and GB-Cfm MU MUS 634 etc.

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G319Benjamin Hely, A Sett of Lessons, VdG u. 2VdG., 2 full scores, 24 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-319-313.80 €


The Englishman Benjamin Hely was a viola da gambist, who was active until his death in 1699. He is known to many viola da gambists through his suites in The Compleat Violist , a viola da gamba method that was printed in London in 1699. These two suites for viola da gamba solo form the first section of this volume, which appears in our series “Für den Unterricht” (“For the lesson”). They are made up of the usual sequence of almand, courant, saraband, and jigg, are written idiomatically for the viol, and frequently display arpeggiated chords in the manner of the style brisé. This volume additionally includes a six-movement suite by Hely for two violas da gamba. These simple duo movements follow a rather old-fashioned contrapuntal pattern and are certainly welcome exercises for viol pupils.

Errata / Addenda