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Sonata for flute and basso continuo vol. I
The sonatas for recorder and b.c. by Benedetto Marcello appeared shortly after their publication in 1712 in Venice in a pirated edition by Estienne Roger in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam edition is different in some details: it contains more articulation marks and the bass is provided with a more generous number of harmonic indications. In 1732 the London publisher John Walsh attempted to make the collection attractive for transverse flute players by presenting an edition which was partly transposed. Also the order was slightly changed.
Our edition is based on the first print, published in Venezia in 1712 by Gioseppe Sala. It bears the following title: Suonate a flauto solo/ con il suo basso continuo per violoncello ò cembalo/ di Benedetto Marcello/ nobile Veneto/dilettante di contrapunto/e accademico filarmonico/ et arcade/Opera seconda…
The source was respected as far as possible. The many obvious errors were corrected without mention. Additions from the part of the editor are clearly marked as such.
Angelo Persichilli (15 February 1939, 15 January 2017).
He studied at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome where he graduated with honors and honors. Since 1958 he has been the first soloist flute of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia for forty years. He has recorded for RCA, Fonit Cetra, Frequenz and Edi-Pan. He also dedicated himself to the rediscovery of music of the past, finding, in 1978, a concert of Mercadante at the Library of the Conservatory of San Pietro a Maiella in Naples, which he then performed in the first modern shooting with the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Riccardo Chailly. Together with Carmelo Bene he obtained a great success with Bruno Maderna's Hyperion in Milan (RAI) and in Rome (Santa Cecilia). Francesco Pennisi dedicated a concert to him that he performed with K. Martin in Turin and with Gabriele Ferro in Palermo. Since 1970 he has carried out an intense concert activity, playing with the most important Italian and international symphonic orchestras under the guidance of Maag, Gavazzeni, Gatti, Spivakov, Abbado, Renzetti.
He was artistic director of the Roman Polyphonic Choir Association at the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome.
Benedetto Giacomo Marcello (Venice, 24 July 1686 - Brescia, 24 July 1739) was a composer, poet, writer, lawyer, magistrate and Italian teacher. The Venice Conservatory is dedicated to him. He also composed more than three hundred cantatas, for one or more voices; four speakers (including Joaz on a libretto by Apostolo Zeno for the imperial court in Vienna) and several serenades. The library of the Brussels Conservatory has some interesting volumes of chamber chants composed for his beloved woman. Although Marcello himself wrote the libretto of a work in 1708, La Fede recognized, in Vicenza, he had little sympathy for this form of composition, and gave vent to his opinions on the state of musical drama at that time in the pamphlet Teatro a moda, published anonymously in Venice in 1720; this little work, which was reprinted several times, is not only very funny, but is also a valuable contribution to the history of the work.