La cetra, Op.10 (Legrenzi, Giovanni)

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Sonata in D minor

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Sonata in D minor

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Misc. Notes This is an edition of the final sonata in the set, using the first set of clefs supplied in the score (for a higher instrumental grouping). It has also been transposed down a tone.
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Sonata in A minor for 4 Violins

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Sonata in D minor

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General Information

Work Title La Cetra, libro quattro di sonate a 2-4 stromenti
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Composer Legrenzi, Giovanni
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.10 ; RISM A/I: L 1625 (actually Op.11: see comment below)
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 18
Sonata I a due, violini
Sonata II a due, violini
Sonata III a due, violini
Sonata IV a due, violino e viola da brazzo o fagotto
Sonata V a due, violino e viola da brazzo
Sonata VI a due, violino e viola da brazzo
Sonata I a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata II a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata III a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata IV a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata V a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata VI a tre, due violini e viola da brazzo
Sonata I a quattro, quattro violini
Sonata II a quattro, due violini, alto, e viola da brazzo
Sonata III a quattro, due violini, alto, e viola da brazzo
Sonata IV a quattro, due violini, alto, e viola da brazzo
Sonata V a quattro, viole da gamba o come piace (see comment below)
Sonata VI a quattro, viole da gamba o come piace (see comment below)
First Publication. 1673 - Venezia: Francesco Magni detto Gardano
Dedication Leopold I. of Austria
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 2-4 instruments and continuo

Misc. Comments

  • La cetra, published in Venice in 1673, is in fact Legrenzi’s Op.11. The printing of La Cetra as Op.10 appears to be an error on the part of the Venetian publisher, who was presumably unaware of Legrenzi's actual Op.10, Acclamationi divote, published in Bologna in 1670. The correct numbering of Legrenzi's publications resumed with Op.12, Cantate, e Canzonette a voce sola, published in Venice in 1676. To add to the confusion, when Legrenzi's Bologna publisher reissued La Cetra in 1682, it retained the titling of the work as Op.10.
  • The final two sonatas in this collection are unusual in several respects. They are Legrenzi's only works to specify the use of viols, and are printed with two sets of clefs, allowing for their performance in different keys depending on the instruments chosen, hence the instruction "O come piace", "or what you will" in the title.