Trio Sonata No. 1 in C Major
Composed by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (1690ca-1758)
for Two Flutes and Piano
Edited by Ginevra Petrucci
Realization of the Continuo by Piero Caraba
Published by Hal Leonard/Keiser
Includes score and flute parts
The Trio Sonatas for two flutes and continuo, here published for the first time, are dedicated to “Monseigneur le Prince Hereditaire de Wurttemburg”. The manuscript is located at the Stadtbibliothek in Rostock, Germany.
The first Trio Sonata in C Major is in three movements, a typical Allegro, Largo, Allegro set.
In these Sonatas Brescianello utilizes the French treble clef (the G clef marked on the first line of the staff), so as to allow a transposition of a third for performance on flauto d’amore – a usual practice for Baroque composers in search of a particularly mellow and evocative sound color. Such quality is praised by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1733), major flutist of the Baroque period, in his Essay on Playing the Flute (1752): “the most pleasant sound quality on the flute is the one that most closely resembles the contralto voice rather than the soprano, or that imitates the human chest voice.”
Given very few dynamic and articulation markings in the manuscript source, this edition completes the articulations by analogy, and the original dynamic markings remain. The figured bass is only present in the first and third trio, whereas in the second one it is lacking.