CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

New edition of Corelli Op. 5 just published

April 24, 2013

The new edition of Corelli's Op. 5 violin sonatas which has been occupying Christopher and his assistant Ryan for the last year or more has now been published and is available from Bärenreiter.

 

ba09455_00_1_co_lrg.jpgIn addition to a new critical text of the music as published by Corelli on New Year's Day 1700, this edition looks back at evidence of earlier versions of these famous pieces and includes two novel features:

— The realisation of the continuo part for all twelve sonatas is taken from a manuscript source written out by Antonio Tonelli probably during Corelli's lifetime; although much commented on (and described by New Grove as "perhaps the most important example of written-out continuo in the 18th century") this is the first time it has been seen in print.

— A separate violin part contains 102 separate movements from the sonatas in embellished versions by 18th-century players and composers, including Tartini, Geminiani (Corelli's most famous pupil), the Swedish virtuoso Johan Roman, Geminiani's pupils Michael Festing and Dubourg, the Scots McGibbon and McLean and many others, most of them printed here for the first time.

As a major help to all performers interested in presenting an 'authentic' account of these seminal works, this edition marks a significant step forwards which (we hope) will bear fruit during this anniversary year for Corelli.

A sample page of decorated movements is given below, and the 'Supplementary Textual Commentary on the Decorated Versions for Violin', which is mentioned in the main Textual Commentary of the printed volumes, can be found here.

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