Carl Friedrich Abel
Six Harpsichord Sonatas Op. II
with Accompaniment for a Violin/Transverse Flute and a Violoncello
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2020-01, introduction: Stephen Roe, source: print by R. Bremner, London
|G351||Abel, Six Harpsichord Sonatas Op. II, with Accompaniment for a Violin/Transverse Flute and a Violoncello, Sonatas I and II, Cemb+V/Fl+Vc, full score with introduction and 3 parts, 56 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-351-3||18.00 €|
|G352||Abel, Six Harpsichord Sonatas Op. II, with Accompaniment for a Violin/Transverse Flute and a Violoncello, Sonatas III and IV, Cemb+V/Fl+Vc, full score and 3 parts, 44 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-352-0||16.50 €|
|G353||Abel, Six Harpsichord Sonatas Op. II, with Accompaniment for a Violin/Transverse Flute and a Violoncello, Sonatas V and VI, Cemb+V/Fl+Vc, full score and 3 parts, 40 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-353-7||16.50 €|
Already in his second year in London, Carl Friedrich Abel published his Accompanied Harpsichord Sonatas op. 2 there, and they became a great success, which we can conclude from the numerous reprints in London, Paris and Leipzig as well as from the many surviving copies. Although the keyboard instrument is clearly in the foreground, accompaniment by a violin or flute is obligatory. The violoncello, on the other hand, can be dispensed with if necessary, since it mainly enhances the harmonies of the keyboard instrument. The introduction to our edition was written by Stephen Roe, a proven expert on the keyboard music of Johann Christian Bach. He writes that these sonatas surpass all the works of J. C. Bach published in the 1760s in virtuosity and complexity and show obvious connections to the harpsichord style of earlier masters such as Handel and J. S. Bach. In addition to a score and the two individual parts, our edition also includes a harpsichord part that does not require any page turning within the parts of the movements.