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By Michael O'Loghlin

After a long time of stagnation throughout the reign of his father, the 'Barracks King', the appearing arts started to flourish in Berlin below Frederick the good. Even sooner than his coronation in 1740, the crown prince began recruitment of a gaggle of musician-composers who have been to shape the foundation of an excellent court docket ensemble. numerous composers, together with C.P.E. Bach and the Graun brothers, wrote track for the viola da gamba, an tool which was once already changing into out of date in other places. They have been inspired during this endeavour by way of the presence within the orchestra from 1741 of Ludwig Christian Hesse, one of many final gamba virtuosi, who was once defined in 1766 as 'unquestionably the best gambist in Europe'. This examine indicates how the original state of affairs in Berlin produced the final significant corpus of song written for the viola da gamba, and the way the extra virtuosic works have been most likely the results of shut collaboration among Hesse and the Berlin university composers. The reader can also be brought to the extra approachable items that have been written and organized for beginner viol gamers, together with the king's nephew and supreme successor, Frederick William II. O'Loghlin argues that the cultured conditions which prevailed in Berlin introduced forth a particular type that's mirrored not just within the song for viola da gamba. features of this Berlin kind are pointed out on the subject of a large number of unique written assets, a lot of that are rarely obtainable to English-speaking readers. there's additionally a dialogue of the particularly contradictory reception historical past of the Berlin college and a few of its composers. The booklet concludes with an entire thematic catalogue of the Berlin gamba song, with an inventory of unique manuscript assets and smooth guides. The booklet will entice specialist and novice viola da gamba avid gamers in addition to to students of eighteenth-century German music.

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