Die hohe Schule des Violaspiels (Hermann, Friedrich)

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Work Title Die hohe Schule des Violaspiels
Alternative Title Werke berühmter Meister des 17. u. 18. Jahrh. nach Ferd. David’s Bearbeitungen
Composer Hermann, Friedrich
Movements/Sections 22 pieces
  1. Biber: Sonata in C minor
  2. Corelli: Folies d’Espagne (Dm)
  3. Porpora: Violin Sonata in G major
  4. Vivaldi: Violin Sonata in A major, RV 31
  5. Leclair: Violin Sonata in C minor, Op.5 No.6 'Le Tombeau'
  6. Leclair: Sonata in G major
  7. Nardini: Sonata in D major
  8. Veracini: Sonata in E minor, Op.2 No.8
  9. Bach: Sonata in E minor
  10. Bach: Sonata in C minor
  11. Handel: Violin Sonata in A major, HWV 361
  12. Tartini: Violin Sonata in D major, B.D12
  13. "Vitali": Ciacona in G minor
  14. Locatelli: Sonata in G minor
  15. Geminiani: Violin Sonata in C minor
  16. Anonymous: Sonata in A minor
  17. Anonymous: Sonata in E major
  18. Anonymous: Sonata in C minor
  19. Handel: Sonata in G minor
  20. Mozart: Serenade in D major, K.250/248b: Andante Menuett und Rondo
  21. Bach: Cello Concerto in B major, H.432
  22. Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D major, Op.1
First Publication 1899
Composer Time Period Romantic
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation viola, piano


Misc. Comments

  • edited by Friedrich Hermann
  • first issue: 1898 according to plate number, 1899 according to HMB
  • Nos 1 to 18 and No 20 transcribed from David's Die hohe Schule des Violinspiels
  • Another viola version of no 2 (La Folia) by Konyus (Conus) is available on IMSLP here
  • No 19, edited by Gevaert, is not in the David series. It may be a version of the Handel Gm Sonata HWV 368 which is No.55 in the Alard-Dessauer Les Maîtres classiques du Violon series. The Alard-Dessauer viola version (untransposed) is here.
  • Nos 21 and 22 were issued in 1931 and 1932 edited by Paul Klengel (1854-1935).
  • Practical note: Violists will find that this is literally "high" school in the sense that most of them are transposed up a 5th, using David's original piano accompaniments. They are therefore quite difficult and un-violistic. Compare the two versions of the Vivaldi violin sonata in A: the high version from this series and the lower violin-fingered version by Paul Klengel.
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