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Smith, Wilbur A.||Haugland, A. Oscar (Archie Oscar), 1922-2013||Beezhold, Frank

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M. Mus. (Master of Music)

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Department of Music


Biber; Heinrich Ignaz Franz; 1644-1704. Sonatas; violin; continuo


This study consists of two parts, (1) the Life of Biber, and (2) the twenty-four Solo sonatas for Violin, As background, a chapter on Austrian and German music before 1650 and a short history of the state of violin music before Biber has been included. The author examined critically all available German and English sources on Biber, such as articles, recordings and modern editions of his sonatas. There is not a single full-length work devoted to Heinrich Biber, Biber*s music is distinguished from the music of his era by a strong reliance on tonality rather than modality. The technical difficulties as well as the musical structure have been closely scrutinized. Special attention has been paid to the programmatic tendencies of the Mystery Sonatas. Scordatura is one of the main characteristics of German violin music of the seventeenth century, and the significance of scordatura usage by Biber has been examined with special care. It is hoped that as a result of this study greater interest may be kindled in Biber's instrumental music and in particular in his sonatas for violin.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes music.


v, 178 pages




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