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Sonata in A Major for violin and basso continuo


By Martino Bitti

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Violin and basso continuo
London'. Composed by Martino Bitti. Edited by Alessandro Borin & Michael Talbot. Score and parts. Published by Edition HH Music Publishers (HH.HH331.FSP).

Item Number: HH.HH331.FSP

ISBN 979-0-708092-90-2.

This Sonata in A major belonging to the ‘London’ group was published by John Walsh in January 1704 as the opening work in a series of violin sonatas by different composers delivered to subscribers in twelve monthly instalments. It is also preserved in the manuscript in the British library containing seven violin sonatas by Bitti. It is an extrovert work well suited to public performance — we know that the Cremonese violinist Gasparo Visconti played it at Drury Lane Theatre. The structure follows a pattern that recalls a sonata da camera by Corelli: a prelude-like movement followed in turn by a corrente, a slow, triple-time movement resembling a sarabanda, and a giga.

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