Composer: Giovanni Maria Legrenzi (b. 1626 - d. 1690)
Performance date: 01/07/2013
Venue: St. Brendan’s Church
Composition Year: 1655
Recording Engineer: Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category:Baroque Ensemble
Instrumentation Other: 2vn, vc, thb, hpd
Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Albrecht Kühner [violin], David Maria Gramse [violin], Kate Hearne [cello], Andreas Arend [theorbo], Veronika Brass [harpsichord]) -
Legrenzi’s Sonata La Justiniana appears
in a publication of trio sonatas dating from 1655. The interesting thing is
that all of the other works in this collection are composed by Legrenzi’s son,
Giovanni, who at this stage was in his late 20‘s and already an established
composer and violinist at St. Marks in Venice. There is in fact very little we
know about Giovanni Maria, other than that he worked as a violinist at the
parish church in the Northern Italian town of Clusone and dabbled in composing.
Legrenzi junior may have included his father’s trio sonata among his own as a
tribute, but he obviously thought it to be worthy of a place among his works.
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