The Scoring of Baroque Concertos

June 2004
1 black and white illustrations
295 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843830719
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVQ, 1D, 2AB, 3JD, 4P
BISAC MUS014000, MUS006000

The Scoring of Baroque Concertos

Richard Maunder

Evidence indicates that the concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn etc were performed as chamber music, not the full orchestral works commonly assumed.
The concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and their contemporaries are some of the most popular, and the most frequently performed, pieces of classical music; and the assumption has always been they were full orchestral works. This book takes issue with this orthodox opinion to argue quite the reverse: that contemporaries regarded the concerto as chamber music. The author surveys the evidence, from surviving printed and manuscript performance material, from concerts throughout Europe between 1685 and 1750 (the heyday of the concerto), demonstrating that concertos were nearly always played one-to-a-part at that time. He makes a particularly close study of the scoring of the bass line, discussing the question of what instruments were most appropriate and what was used when.

The late Dr RICHARD MAUNDER was Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.
Keywords: Music


This is a fascinating book that every baroque soloist and conductor should read and I'm sure it will have a profound influence on the performance of these works in the future - Adrian Butterfield, EARLY MUSIC TODAY

Maunder's book is thorough, thought provoking and packed with minute, fascinating detail. - Andrew Manze, EARLY MUSIC

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