So far, 4 of the anonymous manuscripts have been identified, thanks to valuable help from fellow musicians, new information in the RISM database and pure coincidence:
- XM 119 turned out to be the sinfonia to Vivaldi’s opera Teuzzone (1718).
- XM 131 has been identified as a concerto by Franz Benda (1709-1786).
- XM 136 and XM 137 are composed by Carlo Tessarini (1690-1766) and belong to his 12 Concerti à 5 con violino obligato (Paris, 1745). He composed these concertos during his time as music director at the Ospedale del Derelitti in Venice, before he moved to Urbino in 1731.
Read more about the manuscript collection in Trondheim here.
Trondheim, June 4th 2017: No less than nine anonymous 18th century violin concertos are preserved in the NTNU’s manuscript collection in Trondheim. The identities of the composers is a mystery that remains to be solved. All we know is that this music was performed in Trondheim throughout the 18th century, by professional musicians, for a wealthy audience with a taste for the latest continental art.
Last week, I gathered a few of my dear colleagues in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra for a read-through after rehearsal. This is what we recorded. Most likely, this is the first time this music has been played since the 18th century.
We would like to ask you, dear listener, what you think: Can the composer be identified? If you have any clue, opinion or knowledge to share, please get in touch.
Since the “Tartini secondo natura” was released on PABD in November 2015, it has been reviewed a number of times:
The album is available as Hi-res file downloads or as PABD in most online music stores, like the 2L Music Store. Low-res formats are available on a number of services, like Spotify, Tidal or iTunes.
My work as a research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music is finished. The final result of my project, “The Tartini Style”, has been presented as a recording of violin sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini, along with a critical reflection that accounts for the historical sources, methods and development of my performance. Both parts of the work have now been approved by the assessment committee.
The viva voce takes place in Levinsalen at the NMH on Friday, April 24th at 11 a.m. The members of the assessment committee are prof. Pauline Nobes, prof. Chiara Banchini and prof. Erik Stenstadvold.
The recorded material that has been assessed consists of sonata in F, B.F4, sonata in g, B. g5 (“The Devil’s Sonata”) and the pastorale in scordatura B.A16, the latter performed on the Hardanger fiddle, as well as a simpler recording of the slow movement from sonata in d, B.d4. The three complete sonatas will be released on Pure Audio Blu-Ray by Lindberg Lyd later in 2015.
The critical reflection can be downloaded here (pdf, 95 pages).