Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber was the most famous violinist of the 17th century – or certainly by the end of it. Apart from his virtuoso violin sonatas, many containing advanced scordatura (altered tuning of strings) techniques, Biber developed the single movement canzona-sonata for ensemble which had arrived in Vienna, and its satellite towns including Salzburg, from Italy over the course of the mid-century. Concentrated rhetorical ideas are often juxtaposed in short bursts completing, as in this Sonata VIII from ‘Fidicinium sacro-profanum’ (1683), a journey from lyrical gracefulness to feverishly excitable figuration.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Piano
  • Trumpet in C

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