Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
One Duet for two Violas da Gamba and twenty-two Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Basso
Editor: Sonia Wronkowska, publication date: 2016-11, source: PL-Pu 7836 and 7457
|G301||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A3:5A, Vol. 1, Duetto (G major), First Edition, 2VdG, 4 scores (treble and alto clef), 28 p., also included: Contents of the Maltzan Manuscript, ISMN 979-0-50174-301-8||12.80 €|
|G302||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:55A-57A, Vol. 2, Three Sonatas (C minor, G minor, A minor), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 68 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-302-5||19.80 €|
|G303||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:58A-61A, Vol. 3, Four Sonatas (G major, D major, C minor, A major), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-303-2||19.80 €|
|G304||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:62A-64A, Vol. 4, Three Sonatas (A major, E flat major, E major), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-304-9||19.80 €|
|G305||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:65A-67A, Vol. 5, Three Sonatas (F major, B flat major, D major), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 76 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-305-6||19.80 €|
|G306||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:68A-70A, Vol. 6, Three Sonatas (G major, C major, D major), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-306-3||19.80 €|
|G307||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:71-72 and A2:50, Vol. 7, Three Sonatas (B flat major, D-major, G-major, partly First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-307-0||19.80 €|
|G308||Abel, Maltzan Collection, A2:73-75, Vol. 8, Three Sonatas (D major, C major, D major), First Edition, VdG+Bc, score and 3 parts (treble and alto clef), 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-308-7||19.80 €|
The Maltzan Collection is a trove of manuscripts made up of thirty for the most part unknown works for viola da gamba in the holdings of the library of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Twenty-eight of the works are by Carl Friedrich Abel - including a number of autographs - and one each by Johann Christian Bach and Andreas Lidl. The manuscripts were copied between 1759 and 1789 in England, and purchased there by the then Prussian envoy in London, Count Joachim Carl Maltzan, who brought them back with him to Militsch, Silesia (today Milicz, Poland). In 1945 the manuscripts came into the possession of the library in Poznan. The collection was discovered in 2016 by Sonia Wronkowska, who is also the editor of the ten-volume edition of all the previously unknown works from this collection.
The viola da gamba sonatas by Abel in the Maltzan Collection are musically mature pieces that throw a new light on Abel's compositional artistry. For the most part, they pose greater challenges for the player than the previously known sonatas from Abel's time in London. The fast movements are more expansive; the range extends from AA to b"; there are movements with variations and polyphonic passages; unusual keys, such as A-flat Major and E Major, are to be found; and many a slow movement contains a cadenza from Abel's hand.
Other works in the Maltzan Collection G309 J.C. Bach
G310 A. Lidl
Further information Listing of Abel's sonatas for viola da gamba and basso
Errata / Addenda
[27.04.21] G302 page 18
G302, page 18, bar 5, Basso [IS bass enters at 4th quaver, SHALL BE bass enters at 3rd quaver, G# is dotted]. G302C accordingly. This is an error in the source. We thank Pater Holman.
[06.11.19] G307 page 21
G307, page 21, last bar, Viola da Gamba, lowest note [IS B natural, SHALL BE G]. G307A and G307B accordingly.
[06.11.19] G308 page 6
G308, page 6, bar 1, Viola da Gamba, 2nd note [IS d', SHOULD BE e’]. G308A and G308B accordingly. See bar 20.