Angelo Ragazzi: Sonate a Quattro, Facsimile Part Books (Sonata 1 - 12)
per Violino 1mo principale e raddoppio, Violino 2do, Violino 3zo o Violetta, Violone e B.c., Opus 1, Roma 1736
Naples, at the turn of the XVIIIth century, was the capital of Southern Italy and Sicily, and the home of orphanages which functioned as superlative music schools providing the city with first-rate musicians. Consequently the Neapolitan court orchestra was one of the best musical ensembles in Europe. Ragazzi received musical training in the S. Maria di Loreto orphanage and later attained the position of concertmaster of the Neapolitan court orchestra.
The six part-books in attractive print from the year 1736, which we are publishing in facsimile, are fully appropriate for practical use today. The six parts are: Vl I principale, Vl I di raddoppio, Vl II, Violino III o Violetta, Violone and Basso continuo.
Sonata I in G Allegro - Grave - Allegro
Sonata II in c Allegro - Aria Adagio - Allegro
Sonata III in B Vivace - Aria Adagio - Allegro
Sonata IV in f “Imitatio in Salve Regina, mater misericordiae” - Andante - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata V in A Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata VI in g Allegro - Aria un poco Andante - Vivace
Sonata VII in A Allegro - Aria Adagio - Allegro
Sonata VIII in G Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata IX in a Preludio Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata X in D “Ecce sacerdos magnus” - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata XI in Es Adagio/Allegro/Adagio - Allegro - Grave - Allegro
Sonata XII in G “Pastorale” Apparizione: Recitativo - Andata: Allegro - Adorazione: Vivace - Canzona - Ritornata: Allegro - Allegro