Violoncello – Anastasia Baraviera

The course aims at a wider discovery of the technique and the specificities of the baroque cello, exploring the repertoire from Italian or French sonatas accompanied by a basso continuo, to pieces for solo bass. The ornamentation and the role of the basso continuo, characteristic of this period in the history of music, will also be discussed during the course.

The time of the lessons will be divided between the repertoire brought by the student, the practice of the basso continuo in pairs, and the collective work of the repertoire played in orchestra.

It is strongly advised to prepare for the course one or two pieces by different authors for solo bass and a French or Italian sonata. As this year’s program is dedicated to Bach’s cantatas, I also advise you to prepare a few movements of one of his suites.

For a more authentic approach it would be desirable to have a cello with gut strings and a baroque bow. The pitch should preferably be 415 HZ.

Non-exhaustive list of possible repertoire:

Italy – Sonatas
Domenico Gabrielli, Bendetto Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, Salvatore, LanzettiGiorgio Antoniotti, Antonio Caldara, Francesco Geminiani, Carlo Graziani,Giovanni Benedetto Platti, Nicola Porpora, Giovanni Bononcini, Pietro Boni, Pascualino de Marsis, Giulio di Ruvo, Andrea Caporale, Giuseppe Martino, Gianbattista Cirri.

France – Sonatas
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Michel Corrette, Martin Berteau.

Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo.

Two or three cellos
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Gianbattista Cirri, William de Fesch, Domenico Gabrielli (Canon), Tommaso Giordani, Michel Corrette, Jean-Baptiste Barrière.

Bass repertoire alone
Diego Ortiz ‚Ricercare‘, Giovanni Battista Vitali ‚Partite sopra diverse sonate per il violone‘, Domenico Gabrielli ‚Ricercare‘, Joseph Dall’Abaco ‚Capricci‘, Girolamo Frescobaldi ‚Canzoni basso solo‘, Johann Sebastian Bach ‚Six suites‘.

Cello theory
Michael Corrette: Method for learning the cello.
Martin Berteau: Method for the cello
Salvatore Lanzetti: Principles or the application of cello by all tones in the easiest way.

Ornamentation theory
Diego rtiz: Tratado de Glossas
Jean Joachim Quantz: Essay of a method to learn to play the transverse flute.
Giuseppe Tartini: Treatise on the pleasures of music.
François Couperin: The art of touching the harpsichord.