Cover pageCarl Friedrich Abel (attributed) (1723–1787)
Concerto Violo de Gambo in A major A9:1A

for Viola da Gamba, two Violins, Viola, and Basso

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Editor: Thomas Fritzsch and Günter von Zadow, publication date: 2018-02, reconstruction: Wolfgang Kostujak, source: D-OSa Dep 115b Akz. 2000/002 Nr. 733

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G328Abel (attributed), Concerto Violo de Gambo in A major A9:1A, VdG+2V+Va+Bc, full score, 5 parts, 52 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-328-520.80 €


The Viola da gamba Concerto in A Major from the Ledenburg Collection is unfortunately preserved anonymously and also incomplete. On the basis of stylistic comparisons, however, we surmise that the composer was Carl Friedrich Abel. Moreover, it was possible to reconstruct the missing parts for our edition, so that now a fully playable, complete concerto is available. It is a typical representative of the early classical period: a light-hearted and cheerful Allegro moderato followed by a contemplative and sensitive Adagio in A Minor. The concluding Allegro is an attractive movement in da capo form. Since the work makes only moderate demands on the soloist and orchestra, it is a welcome addition to the otherwise not very extensive repertoire of viola da gamba concertos.

The Ledenburg Collection in Osnabrück was discovered only in 2015. For the most part, it is made up of viola da gamba music of the early Classical era. Of particular importance in this collection, however, is a print from 1735 that contains the twelve Fantasias for viola da gamba solo by Georg Philipp Telemann, which were previously thought to have been lost. The Works for Viola da Gamba in the Ledenburg Collection

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