Articles avec le tag ‘Facsimusic’

postheadericon BALBASTRE Claude (1727-1799)

Classical music scores - Sheet music - Balbastre - Recueil de Noël formant quatre suites avec des variations pour le clavecin et le forte piano - Harpsichord Piano OrganBALBASTRE Claude (1727-1799)

Claude Balbastre was born in Dijon and did advanced work in Paris with Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pierre Février.

He was engaged as organist of the Concert Spirituel (1755), Saint-Roch (1756) and Notre-Dame-de-Paris (1760). He became quickly known for his improvisations.

During the French Revolution, he was in charge of the preservation of the organs of Paris (1795).

- Recueil de Noëls formant quatre suites avec des variations pour le clavecin et le forte piano. Paris, (s.d. = 1770). (Réf. 1274)

In France, instrumental noels were played during the Advent and, of course, at the Midnight Mass and the masses of Christmas Day. These noels might also be played at the Concert Spirituel on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. At the end of the eighteen century, organists were abandoning the most popular tunes and looking for less well-known noels from abroad.

Organists would do well to have some verses of a Noël sung before playing the variations. This would add considerably to their impact. See :

- Chants de Noëls anciens et nouveaux de la grande bible. Notez avec des basses. Paris, 1703. (Réf. 5425)

« A la venue de Noël » :

 Classical music scores - Sheet music - Ballard - Chants des noëls anciens et modernes - Voices

 

Classical music scores - Sheet music - Ballard - Chants des noëls anciens et modernes - Voices

- First book of harpsichord pieces. Paris, 1759. (Réf. 50149)

“Facsimusic” collection.

Dedication : « AMadame de Caze, trésorière générale des Postes, et relais de France et fermière générale ». « Chez l’Auteur, Place Vendome chez M de Caze Fermier général ».

Suzanne Félix Lescarmotier married Anne Robert de Caze in 1747 ; the latter was notorious for extravagant spending in order to enlarge his collections of manuscripts, rare books and tulips. His portrait is also to be found in Duphly’s 2nd book of Harpsichord Pieces (1748).

Classical music scores - Sheet music - Balbastre - First book of harpsichord pieces - Harpsichord

postheadericon AUBERT JACQUES (1689-1753)

Classical music scores - Sheet music - Aubert - Pieces for two flutes or two violins, 1723. 1st suite - Flute violinAUBERT Jacques (1689-1753)

Member of the 24 violons de la Chambre du Roi (1726). 

Member of the opera orchestra as a first violin (1728). 

- Sonatas for solo violin and continuo – Book II. Paris, 1721
Sonatas for solo violin and continuo – Book II. Nouvelle édition. Paris, 1737. (Réf. 5622)

Two very different editions of the Opus II sonatas exist, the first dating from 1721, the second from 1737. 

It should first be said that, apart from those movements of the 1721 version which have been removed and replaced by new music, numerous passages have been totally rewritten.

- 1721 – Sonata Decima – Largo 

  • Aubert Jacques : Sonatas for solo violin and continuo - Book II - Sonata Decima - Largo

    Sonata Decima - Largo

- 1737 – Sonata Decima – Adagio

Aubert Jacques : Sonatas for solo violin and continuo - Book II - Sonata Decima - Adagio

Sonata Decima - Adagio

In the 1721 version the accidentals follow the French tradition of the end of the XVIIth century ; in that of 1737 their use is close to contemporary Italian notation. 

The most noteworthy progress from one edition to the other concerns mastery of the melodic line, and the modifications tend to avoid the sequences and clichés all too frequent in the first version. 

In the second version the phrasing is often precisely marked, a fact rare in the first edition. 

Page 1 of the 1737 edition bears the indication “All these Sonatas may be played on the transverse flute”. 

Facsimusic Collection

Pieces for two flutes or two violins, 1723. 1st suite (1723) (Réf. 50125)