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Locatelli and the Violin Bravura Tradition

F. Morabito (ed.)
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XIV+405 p., 73 b/w ill., 210 x 270 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55535-5
Languages: English, French, Italian
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The present volume investigates the violin bravura tradition in the 18th- and 19th-century Europe.

2014 witnessed the 250th anniversary of the death of two violin virtuosos: Pietro Antonio Locatelli (Bergamo 1695 – Amsterdam 1764) and Jean-Marie Leclair (Lyon 1697 - Paris 1764). The influence of Locatelli’s output on the development of violin composition lay in the sphere of virtuosity. The present book explores the figures of Locatelli and Leclair, circumstantiating their relationships and developing new perspectives onto them. The two virtuosos provide a suitable starting-point from which to investigate the violin bravura tradition, which, beginning in Italy, spread through France and the rest of the nineteenth-century Europe. The volume thus encompasses articles dedicated to Artôt, Baillot, Guignon, Guillemain, Mondonville, Paganini, Pagin, Rode, Spohr, Tessarini, Tartini, Ysaÿe. The authors are: Sallynee Amawat, Fabrizio Ammetto, Alejandra Béjar Bartolo, Paola Besutti, Gregorio Carraro, Étienne Jardin, Walter Kurt Kreyszig, Candida Felici, Priscille Lachat-Sarrete, Simone Laghi, Alessandro Mastropietro, Fulvia Morabito, Paola Palermo, Rudolf Rasch, Renato Ricco, Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald, Michael Talbot, Guillaume Tardif and Neal Zaslaw.

Fulvia Morabito is President of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca. In 1994 she joined the editorial staff of the Stichting-Fondazione Pietro Antonio Locatelli (Amsterdam-Cremona), and in 2004 was among the founders of the journal Ad Parnassum and of “Ad Parnassum Studies” series (Ut Orpheus Edizioni). Since 2005 she has been General Editor of the “Monumenta Musica Europea” series (Brepols Publishers) and a member of the scholarly committee of the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works.
Table of Contents

Preface

Pietro Antonio Locatelli and Jean-Marie Leclair

Rudolf Rasch, Leclair, Locatelli and the Musical Geography of Europe – Paola Palermo, Locatelli a Bergamo: documenti d’archivio – Neal Zaslaw, Locatelli’s Influence on Leclair: Myth of Reality? – Étienne Jardin, Retrouver Leclair (1794-1874) – Walter Kurt Kreyszig, Leclair’s 'goûts réunis' in His 'Quatre livres de sonates pour violin et basso continuo', Opp. 1, 2, 5 & 9: Diatonicism, Chromaticism, Voice Exchange, Bimodality, and Enharmonic Modulation – Guillaume Tardif, Dialogues, Duels, Diets: Leclair, the French Violin School, and the 2-Violin Repertoire

The Roots of the Violin Bravura Tradition

Gregorio Carraro, 'Ah!, vous dirai-je Tartini!' Per la definizione di un contesto europeo delle ‘piccole sonate’ di Giuseppe Tartini (I-Pca 1888/1) – Paola Besutti, On the Way to France, Trade and Stylistic Awareness: Carlo Tessarini – Sallynee Amawat, Bridging the Baroque and Classical Periods: The Role, Lives and Innovations of French Violinist-Composers Leclair, Guignon, Guillemain, and Mondonville – Michael Talbot, Pierre Pagin’s Capriccios for Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto 'La primavera', RV 269 – Candida Felici, Italian Violin School in Mid-Eighteenth-Century France: From the Concert Spirituel to Literary Pamphlets – Simone Laghi, «Son razzi matti, son rocchetti che girano»: sulle ‘stravaganze’ dei violinisti virtuosi

The Golden Age of Virtuosity

Alessandro Mastropietro, Un solismo da camera: Baillot e il 'trio brillant' parigino nell’editoria musicale d’inizio secolo xix – Priscille Lachat-Sarrete, Les concertos pour violon de Pierre Rode: une virtuosité innovante – Renato Ricco, Nicolò Paganini e la nuova semantica della passione – Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald,Interactive Strains of Virtuosity in the Violin Concertos of Louis Spohr: Figuration, Lyricism, Motivic Development and the Expansion of Distant-Key Relations – Fabrizio Ammetto & Alejandra Béjar Bartolo, L’opera violinistica del virtuoso belga Alexandre-Joseph Artôt e il caso delle 'Variations concertantes', Op. 17 – Jessika Rittstieg, Between Continuity and Change: Eugène Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas, Op. 27, for Solo Violin

Contributor Biographies – Index of Names

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Musicology
Recreational & performing arts

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