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Violin Sonata in D major, BD19
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Recordings
'Tartini: The Devil's Trill & other violin sonatas' (CDD22061)
Tartini: The Devil's Trill & other violin sonatas
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Movement 1: Adagio
Track 1 on CDD22061 CD2 [2'48] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 2 on CDD22061 CD2 [7'58] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Andante
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Movement 4: Allegro
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Violin Sonata in D major, BD19
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The Sonata in D major was probably composed a little later than the A major. The passage-work is ‘extreme difficult’, but it is mixed to a greater extent with melodic material. In the second movement, for instance, a fanfare-like idea alternates regularly with arpeggiated passage-work, and there is a prominent return to the opening theme and key halfway through the second section. To our ears such ‘recapitulations’ anticipate Classical ‘sonata form’, but the device was well established in the dance music of the Baroque period. Another ‘Classical’ feature of this Sonata is the simple, subsidiary nature of the bass part. The continuo parts of solo violin music tended to decline in importance as composers abandoned counterpoint and fast-moving Baroque harmonic patterns in favour of simple, slow-moving progressions founded largely on tonic and dominant chords. It became common to perform such sonatas with just a cello, or without any bass instrument at all. In a letter written in 1750 to the writer Francesco Algarotti in Berlin, Tartini pointed out that the bass line of some ‘short sonatas for solo violin’ he had sent to Berlin was only included ‘for appearance’s sake’, that he himself played them ‘without bassetto’, and that unaccompanied performance ‘was his real intention’.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1992

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Details for CDA66485 track 4
Allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-48504
Duration
5'16
Recording date
28 May 1991
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Tartini: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 (CDA66485)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 1992
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Superseded by CDD22061
  2. Tartini: The Devil's Trill & other violin sonatas (CDD22061)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: November 2007
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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