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XII Sonate à Violino Solo Col Violone ó Basso Continuo Dedicate Al Nobilissimo Signore Johannes van den Bergen Secretario dell'Academia Borgomaestro e Consiliere della Citta di Leÿden, Diputato alli Stati delle Provintie unite delli Paesi basse &c. &c. &c... Opera IX
Amsterdam: Estienne Roger. [1706]. 1f. (title with coat of arms), [i] (blank), 2-53, [i] (blank). pp. Engraved. Notated on two systems: violin and figured bass. Manuscript price to lower left corner of title: "5 flo. d'Holande." Occasional minor stains. "The name Henricus Albicastro is a Latin-Italian translation of his true name, Johann Heinrich von Weissenburg... Apart from a single motet in manuscript... all [of Albicastro's] music is for one or more string instruments with basso continuo, sometimes with an independent string bass part. Everything he wrote is thoroughly italianate in style ?- a close copy, in fact, of Albinoni and Corelli, but sometimes (perhaps because of his German background) less predictable, less schematic and less polished than his Italian models... His tribute to the German way of treating the violin is reflected in the remark Quantz made in his autobiography (1755), that in his youth he diligently studied Albicastro's music..." Rudolf Rasch in Grove online A very rare unicum. First Edition. RISM A695 (the present copy is the only copy recorded). Bound with: MASCITTI, Michele (dit Napolitano) 1664-1760 [Op. 4]. [8] Sonate A Violino solo e Basso. E [6] Sonate A due Violini, e Basso Continuo dedicate All'Altezza S.ma Elettorale di Baviera... Opera Quarta... Le prix des deux Livres en blanc est de 9 [livre sign]. Avec Privilege du Roy. Parigi: Foucaut... Hurel, 1711. [Score]. 1f. (title, with decorative frame), [i] (dedication), [i] (notes on performance [Italian and French] and extract from Privilege du Roy, dated August 10, 1704), 68, [iv] (blank) pp. Engraved. Notated on two systems: violin and figured bass; as specified in the notes on performance, the second violin part of sonatas no. 9-14 is not included in the score but published in a separate volume. Some soiling and offsetting; occasional minor stains; second violin part to sonatas 9-14 lacking, as in other some other recorded copies. First Edition. RISM M 1226; Lesure p. 423; Hirsch III, 390 (with second violin part). "[Michele Mascitti was an] Italian composer and violinist. He was taught by his uncle, Pietro Marchitelli, who was attached to the royal chapel of Naples and to the church of S Bartolomeo as a violinist... He settled in Paris in 1704... Mascitti became a figurehead of Italian instrumental music in France and was regarded as the peer of Corelli and Albinoni. Possessing the advantage over his fellow-nationals of residence in Paris, where all nine of his published collections were first issued between 1704 and 1738, Mascitti enjoyed enormous popularity with the French public, to whom he was affectionately known by his first name Michele in various gallicized forms... Mascitti's published works offer a competent reproduction of Corelli's style lightly retouched to conform to French taste." Michael Talbot in Grove online Bound with: MACARANI, Stefano fl. 1709-20 [12] Trattenimenti Musicali di Sonate da Camera a Violino Violone o Cembalo Dedicate al Genio Sublime de Nobili Dilettanti... Opera Prima. No place: no publisher, no date [?1709]. 1f. (title), 53, [iii] (blank) pp. Engraved. Printed on high quality paper. Notated on two systems: violin and figured bass. The format of the plates, 252 x 232 mm, is almost square, resulting in an unusually wide ouher margin. Manuscript price, "12 [livre sign]" in ink to lower left corner of title. Frequent notational corrections, carefully executed as erasures (very clearly visible on p. 17). Occasional minor stains. First Edition. RISM M 2 (6 copies only Dresden, Bologna, Genoa, Modena, Rome, and the present one; date given as 1709). No copies recorded in the U.S. or Great Britain. Walther p. 376. Gerber, Neues Lexikon II, p. 282 ("ca. 1720"). Eitner 6, p. 262. Stefano Macarani (styled "Marchese Stefano alli Macarani Patritio Romano" on the title of the edition) is an obscure figure. He is not listed in Grove, MGG, or other modern reference works consulted except RISM. Bits of information may be gleaned from various older sources: "Macharani[!] (Steffano) ein Römischer Patricius, hat ein aus 12 Sonaten à Violino solo e Continuo bestehendes Werck, so sein erstes ist, herausgegeben; man kann es zu Amsterdam in Kupffer haben" (Macharani Steffano, a Roman patrician, has edited an opus of 12 sonatas for solo violin and continuo, which is his first; it is available in engraved form in Amsterdam). Johann Gottfried Walther, Musicalisches Lexicon, 1732. "Macharini[!] (Steffano) ein röm. Patricier und Dilettant ums J. 1720, hat herausgegeben: XII Sonate à V. solo e Continuo. Op. 1" (Macharini Steffano, a Roman patrician and amateur, fl. ca. 1720, has edited XII Sonate...). Ernst Ludwig Gerber, Neues Historisch-Biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler, 1814. "Macarani, Stefano, bekannt durch Trattenimenti musicali di Sonate da camera a V. Violone e Cembalo. Op. 1... Lebenszeit 17.?-18. Jh." (Macarani, Stefano, known for his Trattenimenti... lived in the 17th and 18th century). Robert Eitner, Quellen-Lexikon, 1900. Except for Eitner, who quotes the title of the present edition (from the Dresden copy), these references are probably to a later edition, only known from advertisements and catalogues, published by Estienne Roger and Michel- Charles Le Cène, Amsterdam, in ca. 1715; see Rudolf Rasch: The Music Publishing House of Estienne Roger and Michel-Charles Le Cène 1696-1743 (= My Work on the Internet, Volume Four), The Catalogue Maasmann- Musicien. Bound with: [ANONYMOUS]. Two sonatas in C minor (with key signature of two flats only) and A major for violin and basso continuo. [11], [i] (blank staves) pp. Manuscript. Eight staves per page. Notated in an accomplished early 18th century hand. Unlocated in the RISM manuscript database. With handstamp "Provenant de la collection musicale d'André Meyer Décéde en Mai 1974 F. Meyer Octobre 84," to penultimate rear endpaper and manuscript note to final endpaper: "Co Livre a fait partie de la Collection musicale de de mon Père André Meyer à qui je penserai toujours, décédé le 10.5.1974. Son Fils François Le 10.5.1977." Oblong folio. Full 18th-century mid-tan mottled calf with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, edges speckled, marbled endpapers. Binding somewhat worn and rubbed; foot of spine chipped. . The André Meyer collection, formed over a period of some 75 years, was one of the most important collections of printed music, musical autographs, and books on music of the 20th century.
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