Cover pageMichael Praetorius (1572-1621)
Christmas Bicinia for two low instruments

Series: For the lesson

Preface Reviews [in German version] Sample page CDs [in German version] 2nd sample page Errata / Addenda Deutsche Version

Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2017-10, source: Michael Praetorius, Musae Sioniae, volume V, 1607 u.a.

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G324Praetorius, Christmas Bicinia for two low instruments, 2Vc/2VdG etc., 2 full scores, 40 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-324-714.80 €


In our series “Puer natus in Bethlehem,” the volume G151 with two-part pieces enjoys particular popularity. The majority of these bicinia are intended for two high voices and therefore written in treble clef. Yet, they can be sung or played in any register, especially since the compass is relatively narrow. However, treble clef presents a difficulty for inexperienced players of the viola da gamba, violoncello, and other bass instruments. Therefore, in the present volume, we have again combined all nine Christmas bicinia in which both voices are in the same register, this time in bass clef versions.

In spite of the rhythmical sophistication, these beautiful bicinia place only minimal technical demands on the players. They are certainly an important enhancement for instrumental instruction.

Errata / Addenda