Le Blanc, Hubert | Défense de la basse de viole contre les entreprises du violon et les prétentions du violoncelle (1740)

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Original edition restored by Atelier Philidor.

  • Text in French
  • Edition | Source: Facsimile (2015) | Pierre Mortier, Amsterdam, 1740
  • 1 volume, 169 pages | B&W
As spokesman for the partisans of the bass viol, the author attacked the violoncello, “high-pitched, shriek and harsh,... unable to rival the viol’s delicate touch and fine harmony of sound”. This pamphlet enlightens the problems of the instrumental practice of that period.
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