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Renaissance and Baroque scores (mostly) for viols
Renaissance and Baroque scores (mostly) for viols

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New score from VistaMare Musica, under the unusual title Stricturæ Viola-di Gambicæ comes a collections of ouvertures (loosely intended) and dance movements by David Funk (1648-1699?) grouped into 4 suites.

The second suite makes clear that four bass viols are intended, making them a rather challenging score. A note in the first part, however, allows to play most of the movements in a Violetta (treble viol).

The second suite in D major, in particular, is remarkable for the long initial movement, articulated in an Allegro, a Saraband (sic) and an Adagio. The Saraband includes a double for each of the four parts in quite a virtuoso show off.

The edition includes a version in original clefs and one in modern ‘viol’ clef (treble, alto and bass) and is available for free download in PDF, MusicXML and MuseScore 2.0 native format.

#violadagamba #gambe #funck  

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While waiting for +MuseScore ver 2.0.2 and its improved support for lyrics before updating vocal scores, two more scores from VistaMare Musica, updated with typographic improvements and brought to MuseScore 2.0 format. This time too, the two scores may appeal to rather different players.

The Canonic Sonata in G minor for two violas da gamba and B.c. by J.J. Fux is an abstract piece of music, showing all the contrapuntal knowledge of its author and it is definitely not for the beginner gambist! It can be freely downloaded in PDF, MusicXML and MuseScore source format at:

The 5- and 6-voice Intradæ by A. Orologio are well-known to many consorts; this edition present the original text in 3 sets of clefs: original for the purist, treble/alto/bass for the violist and treble/treble-8bassa/bass for our non-violist friends out there. If you have an A3 printer, versions already imposed to A3-booklet printing are also available (new!). The Intradæ can be freely downloaded at:

#fux #sonata #violadagamba #intrada #orologio #canon #allemanda  

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More updated scores from VistaMare Musica. This batch includes two scores, quite different in style and time and appealing to a rather different audience.

J.D. Braun's Six Sonatas Op. 6 "for two bassons or two basses" have been published in 1730; not very complex and using only the bass clef, they can make a manageable but entertaining didactic tool for the student of bass instruments like, of course, the bassoon, but also the cello or the bass viol.

The updated edition contains some typographic improvements, adds a .PDF version already imposed for booklet printing, and brings the engraving source files to the MuseScore 2.0 format. It can be downloaded for free at: .

Published more than a century earlier in 1610, the 24 Fantasies à 4 parties by C. Guillet are surely more demanding. A contrapuntal tour-de-force, they include two series of twelve instrumental polyphonic pieces, one for each mode. The dense counterpoint and the level of abstraction make them a rather challenging, but surely rewarding, endeavour. The author is known to have been an organist and the keyboard destination is plausible; they also suit very well the viol consort, though.

The updated edition has been re-checked against the source, improves many typographic details and brings the engraving source to the MuseScore 2.0 format.

It is available in three versions: 1) with original clefs (new!), 2) with treble, alto and bass clefs (‘viol clefs’) and treble, treble 8ª bassa and bass clef (‘recorder clefs’, for the joy of non-violists). Each version is available in A4 format and in A3 format imposed for booklet printing.

They can be downloaded for free at: .

Of course, both scores have been engraved with +MuseScore

#braun #guillet #sonata #fantasy #violadagamba #bassoon #cello  

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Easter Surprise from VistaMare Musica to all the fellow violists out there: after the recent flow of updated scores, finally a new score!

The Six Sonates Op. 1 à une Viole de Gambe & Basse Continue by Jacob Richmann, which have been published exactly 300 years ago, are available for free download at:

Both the Continuo part and the separate Solo part are available in ready-to-print PDF format (both in A4 and in A3 imposition), in MuseScore 2.0 source format for easy editing with MuseScore and in MusicXML for easier import into other music notation programmes.

Of course, the score has been engraved with +MuseScore, whose recently released version 2.0 can be downloaded, also for free, at:


#richmann #violadagamba #viole #viol #sonata  

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More score updates: another J. de Boismortier's work, the Oeuvre 14eme for two bass instruments.

Usual typographic refinements (at least, I hope  they are refinements!), source files brought up to latest +MuseScore format and an (already imposed) A3 version added for the lucky owners of large-size printers.

PDF's, MuseScore .MSCZ and MusicXML can be downloaded for free at the link above.

MuseScore itself can be downloaded, also for free, at

#boismortier #bassoon #viol #violadagamba #cello   #sonata  

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Another VistaMare Musica score updated to the new +MuseScore 2.0 standard: J. Bodin de Boismortier's Sonates à deux violes, op. 10.

For the occasion, the whole musical text has been checked another time against the sources.

Sharp eyes will also notice that I slightly redesigned the title page, making it lighter, and tuned the engraving parameters to make the page a little more compact, hopefully without making it too crowded. These is intended to be the engraving style for all future VistaMare Musica scores.

I hope the viola da gamba players out there will enjoy the improvements

#violadagamba #boismortier  

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With the advent of +MuseScore 2.0, I am updating all my published scores to its improved format. Going approximatively in alphabetical order, the first updated score are the Madrigali a 2 voci by G.M. Asola.

The changes go beyond a simple change in file format and include textual corrections, typographic improvements and the addition of A3 versions for all the variants (original / ‘viols’ clef, standard / Mensurstrich bar lining) already imposed for booklet printing, with fold-outs to reduce page turnings (in the last piece).

The updated PDF's can be downloaded at: , together with the original MuseScore sources and the MusicXML files for importing into other music notation programmes.

MuseScore can be downloaded at:

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As second instalment of the VistaMare Musica Margaritæ Musicæ series, a humorous piece by G. Carissimi which, in a parody madrigalesque style, sets the whole text of the declension of the Latin pronoun hic, hæc, hoc.

Faithfully rendered as -- rather casually -- handed down to us in a 1844 issue of the Gazetta Musicale di Milano.

#carissimi #declension #parody  

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Margaritæ Musicæ  is a new VistaMare Musica series intended for short or loose pieces (as always "mostly for viols"), while the main series remains dedicated to publishing whole books.

In the first instalment, a Canonic Sonata for two viols and B.c. by J.J. Fux, the well-known Baroque theorist. Not included in Fux catalogue by Köchel, it is held in two manuscripts in Darmstadt.

#fux #viol #violadagamba #canon  

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New VistaMare score: the complete collection of A. Orologio 's Intradæ, as published in 1597 at Helmstaedt, for a total of 28 pieces, 8 in 5 parts and 20 in 6 parts.

Published in 3 versions: in original clefs, in 'viol' clefs (treble, alto and bass) and, for the joy of our recorder playing fellows, in 'recorder' clefs (treble, treble 8ª bassa and bass).

All the versions -- identical under any other respect -- make use of the Mensurstrich feature available in the forthcoming MuseScore version 2.0. Engraved with #musescore of course!

Available for free download as PDF, MusicXML and MuseScore 2.0 formats.

#orologio #intrada #allemande #viol #violadagamba #recorder  
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