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Sonata in Imitation of Birds for two treble recorders (flutes) and continuo by William WilliamsEdited by Thurston DartIncludes score and parts
This is the last of a set of six trio-sonatas published in 1703 by Hare and Walsh, the plates being engraved by Thomas Cross. Three of the sonatas were for violins, and three for recorders; this sonata is described as a 'Sonata in immitation of Birds'. According to the title-pages the continuo was to be played on 'the base-violin (cello) or viol' accompanied by 'the organ, harpsichord or arch-lute'. The present edition has been made from a unique set of the orginal part-books in the Library of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and it is printed with the kind of permission of the Museum Syndics. William Williams (fl. 1677-1704) entered the royal band in 1695. His surviving work includes some songs and incidental music for the London theatre, as well as a small amount of chamber music. Its style continues the seventeenth-century English tradition which had been summed up in the trio-sonatas of Henry Purcell published twenty years earlier- a tradition soon to be swept aside by the newer Italian fashions of the eighteenth century. Editorial ornaments, breathmarks, slurs, and dynamics have been added to the parts. The treble recorder parts may be played on flutes.