6 Sonate a quattro (Rossini, Gioacchino)

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Editor Rudolf Malarić (1906-1987)
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Sonata No.1 in G major

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Sonata No.2 in A major

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Sonata No.3 in C major

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Sonata No.4 in B major

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Sonata No.5 in E major

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Sonata No.6 in D major 'Tempest'

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Publisher. Info. Diletto musicale, No.256
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (Berr)

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Arranger Friedrich Berr (1794-1838)
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Arranger Friedrich Berr (1794-1838)
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5 Quatuors Concertants (Nos.1-2, 4-6)

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Sonata No.4 in B major

For Clarinet solo (Di Caro)

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General Information

Work Title Sei sonate a quattro
Alternative. Title 6 String Sonatas
Composer Rossini, Gioacchino
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 pieces
1. Sonata in G major
2. Sonata in A major
3. Sonata in C major
4. Sonata in B major
5. Sonata in E major
6. Sonata in D major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1804 ca.
First Publication. 1825-26 in an arrangement
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 2 violins, cello, double bass, later arranged for string quartet

Misc. Comments

  • The history of these quartets is very interesting: Rossini wrote them in their original form (2 violins, cello, double bass) in about 1804, when he was 12 years old. Grove Music says that during his early years, "the Rossinis came to know a wealthy businessman in Ravenna, Agostino Triossi, and in 1804 they were summer guests at his nearby villa at Conventello. On this occasion the young composer wrote his six sonate a quattro. Rossini remained in contact with his ‘friend and patron’ for many years, also composing for him two overtures (the Sinfonia ‘al Conventello’ and the Grand’overtura obbligata a contrabbasso) and a Mass for Ravenna." One could infer from this a strong possibility that Sgr. Triossi was a double bass player.
    • According to the Cambridge Companion to Rossini, Part 7, Rossini later added to the autograph manuscript:
First violin, second violin, violoncello, and contrabass for six horrendous sonatas composed by me at the country house (near Ravenna) of my friend and patron, Agostino Triossi, at the most youthful age, having not even had a lesson in thorough-bass. They were all composed and copied in three days and performed in a doggish way by Triossi, contrabass; Morini (his cousin), first violin; the latter's brother, violoncello; and the second violin by myself, who was, to tell the truth, the least doggish.
  • However, the first published edition, from 1825-6, was for the standard string quartet. There is no extant evidence that they were arranged by someone else, so either Rossini decided, or the publisher convinced him, that the standard quartet instrumentation would be better. Interestingly, only five of the sonatas were published; no.3 was left out.
  • These are also known in a version for wind quartet (flute, clarinet, horn, and bassoon), but this was an arrangement of all six quartets made during Rossini's lifetime by a clarinetist named Friedrich Berr (1794-1838).