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Canzon a 6, (1609) - Score and parts (bold theme)

By Johann Hermann Schein

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Composed by Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630). Recorder Sextets etc. German Instrumental Music. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPMGM13).

Item Number: MM.LPMGM13

This remarkable canzon da sonar of Scheins is unusual not only for being in six parts, but for the boldness of the main theme, and for the clear but not at all repetitive formal structure. Apart from the original coda with its pedal point, all the duple-time sections are based entirely on the opening theme. The function of the triple-time secdons, with their playful imitation between the two upper parts, seems to be to provide light relief between the dramatic developments in the main sections. PERFORMANCE: This piece was probably intended primarily for violin consort, or possibly for a mixture of cornetti, violins and sackbuts. However, it will work on a variety of wind and stringed instruments. If recorders are used, I would recommend using an 8-foot bass instrument such as cello, gamba or dulcian. - Bernard Thomas.

About German Instrumental Music

c. 1600. This series explores the wealth of German instrumental music from around the turn of the 17th century, much of which is five or more parts. The repertoire of this active period is quite varied: from simple Polish dances to sophisticated pavanes and galliards and elaborate canzones and fantasies. Available as score and parts.

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