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Gaetano Francone

10 Passagagli

Violoncello & basso continuo / two violoncelli

edited by Giovanna Barbati | Guido Olivieri

with continuo realization by Chiara Tiboni

The ten Passagagli are Francone’s only known compositions. The term ‘violoncello’ in the collection’s title, one of the earliest occurences within the Neapolitan repertory, is problematic: the music itself indicates that the composer was writing for a non-standard instrument, one that was lower in range than the modern violoncello – effectively, a four-string bass violin with a tuning of Bb1–F–c–g.

It is a method whose purpose is to explore the virtuoso possibilities of the passacaglia for the cello at the end of the Seicento. A unique and remarkable example of a virtuoso school for the cello, it is also an extraordinary source of knowledge on improvisation for scholars and for performers, on both baroque and modern instruments, as well as a precious testimony of the advanced technical level of cello playing in 17th-century Naples.

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Leaflet Descriptive leaflet (pdf)

Ten Passagagli for Violoncello
hh521.fsp  · ISMN  0 708185 32 1 · ISBN 978-1-914137-00-6

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