Johann Gottlieb Graun (1702/3-1771)
Sonata in B minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord
Editor: Michael O'Loghlin, continuo realisation: Angela Koppenwallner, publication date: 2010-03
|G150||J.G. Graun, Sonata in B minor, GraunWV Av:XV:50 (Wend 27), First Edition, VdG+Cemb, score, 2 parts, 36 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-150-2||15.80 €|
This subtle and complex work is a significant addition to the rather small repertoire of sonatas for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord. The slow, poignant first movement is followed by a rhythmically intricate contrapuntal Allegro, and the work ends with an extended sonata movement on a minuet-like theme. The sonata is an arrangement by Frederick the Great’s gamba virtuoso Ludwig Christian Hesse of a trio by his concertmaster, Graun. It shows the strongly emotional style typical of the composer and his Berlin colleagues, combined with a certain brilliance, but is not techically as demanding as the works which Graun wrote directly for Hesse.