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The Thirty-One Works of Francesco Geminiani

Work 8: The Sonatas Opus 4 (1739)

Rudolf Rasch

The Thirty-One Works of Francesco Geminiani

Work 8: The Sonatas Opus 4 (1739)

The Sonatas for violin and figured bass Opus 4 were published by the composer himself in London in 1739. It is a set of twelve rather virtuoso sonatas, in a style that is a mixture of French and Italian styles, which is why Burney later called these sonatas the “French sonatas”. A revision was published in 1740 in Paris and new issues were published until after the composer’s death. Reprints appeared in Paris and Amsterdam. The sonatas belong to the most remarkable landmarks in the history of violin playing during the eighteenth century.

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