Becker, Dietrich | Sonata a 2. Violino & Viola da gamba (1674)

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Original edition restored by Atelier Philidor.

  • Sonata & Suite for two voices, in D major.
  • Instrumentation: violin, bass viol, continuo
  • Edition | Source:  Facsimile (2017) | Erster Theil zwey-stimmiger Sonaten und Suiten, Hamburg, 1674
  • 3 volumes (separate parts) | 53 pages | B&W
  • Notation | Clefs: G2, C3, F4, figured bass

Dietrich Becker was a contemporary of Buxtehude, a native of Hamburg. Although he was trained as an organist, the violin was his instrument of predilection and has pride of place in his compositions. The Sonata in D major, belonging to the Stylus Phantasticus, is his only one for the combination of violin and viol. It consists of a sonata proper followed by a suite of dances.

Athanasius Kircher describes the stylus phantasticus in his book, Musurgia Universalis in 1650: "The fantastic style is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues."

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