This volume presents the first modern editions of three exceptionally attractive eighteenth century cello sonatas of moderate technical ability. Nothing is known of Giuseppe Chinzer except the single collection of cello sonatas published in Paris around 1745 from which this fine G minor cello sonata comes. Considerably more is known of Jean-Baptiste Breval, who played an active part in Parisian concert life, as both a cellist and composer. His G major cello sonata contains a no doubt tongue-in-cheek set of variations on the English National Anthem God Save The King. Bernardo Porta was a true cosmopolitan: an Italian composer active in France, his sonata in B flat was first published in London in the late eighteenth century.
Edited by scholar Roger Parker and baroque cellist Susan Sheppard, these practical performing editions provide suggested ornamentation for the cello and keyboard realisations that have been kept deliberately simple. Together, they offer an invaluable introduction to the literature of a period that saw great flowering in the cello’s development.
- Sonata Op. 1 No. 6 in G Minor – Giuseppe Chinzer
- Sonata Op. 28 No. 4 in G Major – Jean-Baptiste Breval
- Sonata in B Flat Major – Bernardo Porta