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Bertouch: Sonatas a 3

Georg von Bertouch
Sonatas a 3
Edited by Michael W. Nordbakke
B144
Bertouch: Sonatas a 3
Full Score (2006)
978-0-89579-590-8
9x12, xv + 210 pp.

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B144P
Instrumental Part(s) (2006)
Set of 4 parts (vn. 1; vn. 2; vc.; tpt.)
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Georg von Bertouch (1668–1743) was a German-born musician and military officer who spent a considerable part of his adult life in Norway. He composed a cycle of twenty-four sonatas in each of the twenty-four keys, of which only eighteen survive in a fragmentary Scandinavian eighteenth-century manuscript that originally included the entire set. Two sonatas, one of which is written in C-sharp major, are scored for trumpet, two violins, and continuo; they feature virtuosic writing for the trumpet. The remaining sonatas were probably all scored for two violins and continuo.
 
Bertouch, who in his youth had made the acquaintance of the Bach family, seems to have sent a copy of the sonatas to J. S. Bach, and Bertouch's cycle of sonatas is an interesting analogue to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. The edition will be of interest not only to Bach scholars and performers, but also to those studying eighteenth-century key characteristics and baroque tuning systems.
[Fragment of Sonata 6 in B Minor]
Sonata 7 [in E Minor]
  Alla breve
  Vivace
  Adag[io]
  Allemande in canone. Vivace
Sonata 8 [in G Major]
  Vivace
  Adagio
  Andante
Sonata 9 [in C Major, with Trumpet]
  Vivace
  Adagio
  [Vivace]
  Prestissimo
Sonata 10 [in A Minor]
  Vivace
  Allegro
  Vivace
Sonata 11 [in F Major]
  Vivace
  Allegro
  Adagio
  Allegro
Sonata 12 [in D Minor]
  Andante
  Adagio
  Allegro
  Allegro
Sonata 13 [in C Minor, with Viola?]
  Andante
  Andante
  Adagio
  Vivace e dolce
Sonata 14 [in G Minor]
  Largo
  Andante
  Adag[io]
  Vivace
Sonata 15 [in F Minor]
  Canon. Allegro
  Adag[io]
  Vivace
  Andante
Sonata 16 [in B-flat Major]
  Vivace
  Vivace
  Adagio
  Vivace
Sonata 17 [in E-flat Major]
  Largo
  Andante
  Allegro
  Vivace e[d] allegro
Sonata 18 [in A-flat Major]
  Andante
  Adagio
  Vivace
  Vivace
Sonata 19 [in A-flat Minor; Violins in Scordatura]
  Allegro
  Vivace
  Adag[io]
  Vivace
Sonata 20 [in E-flat Minor]
  Largo
  Vivace
  Andante
  Allegro
Sonata 21 [in B-flat Minor]
  Andante
  Vivace
  Dolce
  Allegro
Sonata 22 [in F-sharp Major]
  Andante
  Adagio
  Allegro
  Adagio
  Allegro
Sonata 23 [in C-sharp Major, with Trumpet]
  Allegro
  Vivace
  Vivace
  Allegro
Sonata 24 [in C-sharp Minor]
  Andante
  Largo
  Alla breve
Brian Clark, Early Music, Feb. 2008.
Reviewer unknown, Early Music Review, 119, June 2007.
Brian Clark in Early Music, February 2008
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