Chaconne from Les quatre saisons
Composed by Johann Christoph Schmidt. Edited by Reinhard Goebel. Score. Published by A-R Editions (A2.S015).
Item Number: A2.S015
ISBN 978-0-89579-697-4. 8.5x11 inches.
Johann Christoph Schmidt, who had served as kapellmeister in Dresden since 1698 but shared the duties with Johann David Heinichen upon the latter's arrival at the court, provided a grand divertimento of music and dance to celebrate the royal marriage in 1718. This lavish work, entitled Les quatre saisons, calls for performing forces of about one hundred musicians, including solo singers representing the seasons and various divine personages, four twelve-voice choruses, and a full orchestra. The chaconne that concludes the "Winter" section is the most impressive piece among the dance movements and shows just how fully Jean-Baptiste Lully's style had been mastered in Germany.