Johann Heinrich Schmelzer

Hodie lux tua, Sancte

SCH021.1
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Edited by Brian Clark.
16pp.
Scoring: SATB, 2 violins, 3 violas, continuo.
The text of this motet is written in praise of a martyr.

Inquietum est cor meum

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Edited by Brian Clark.
16pp.
Scoring: SATB, violin, 3 violas, continuo.
The opening text of this fine motet is from St Augustine's confessions.

Missa Peregrina

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Edited by Brian Clark.
60pp.
Scoring: SATB, 2 violins, 3 "viole", 2 cornetti, 3 trombones, continuo.
Performance material available by negotiation.
Written in honour of St Roche, each of the five sections of the mass text is set as a patchwork of solos, duets and choruses with various combinations of instrumental colour.
The Viennese Mass, Vol. 2.

O Jesu summa charitas

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Edited by Brian Clark.
12pp.
Scoring: SATB, 2 violins, 2 violas, continuo.
A setting of a free poetic text that invokes the support and love of Christ.

Requiem

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This intimate performance by Il Concerto Barocco gives a near-perfect impression of how I imagine the composer intended it to sound.
Too bad the video only includes the opening few sections.
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This intimate performance by Il Concerto Barocco gives a near-perfect impression of how I imagine the composer intended it to sound.
Too bad the video only includes the opening few sections.
Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: SATB, 4 "viole", continuo.
The first non-Italian Kapellmeister in Vienna, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer is best known nowadays for his virtuosic violin music and his large-scale sonatas. His church music is sadly neglected: this intimate setting of the Requiem text reveals a composer not only with a great melodic gift and total command of harmony, but also one capable of moving his listeners. The very opening is a real tear-jerker. The piece may have been written for one of the Holy Roman Emperors, or it may, in fact, be the Requiem he is known to have written for his father.

Serenata

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Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 2 violins, 2 violas, basso di viola, continuo.
This set of slightly odd dances and character pieces is typical of 17th-century Austrian chamber music. Even the opening with its long gaps might suggest its suitability for choreography?

Sonata Per 5 a Camera

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This humorous piece "al giorno delle Correggie" sees the bassoon supplying some unlikely sounds, as the band represent festivities during the "day of the bean feast"...

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This humorous piece "al giorno delle Correggie" sees the bassoon supplying some unlikely sounds, as the band represent festivities during the "day of the bean feast"...

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 2 violins, 2 violas, bassoon, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

Sonata a6

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Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: Violin, 5 violas, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.
This short work is in three sections and showcases a violinist above a consort of five "violas" and continuo - although one of the surviving parts says "bracc[ia]", the piece will be equally successful with viols.

Sonata a 7 flauti

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Edited by Brian Clark.
12pp.
Scoring: 7 recorders ( <pitches> ) and continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization. If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.
This is one of Schmelzer's most jolly pieces. The interplay between two groups of high and low recorders throughout the sonata's three sections, and the clever alternation between counterpoint and chordal writing show a composer at his peak.

Sonata a8 per Chiesa e per Camera

SCH202
 

To read the introduction to this edition and see the opening pages of the score, click here. (PDF file, 64kb).

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 2 trumpets in C, 2 violins, 3 violas, bassoon, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.

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To read the introduction to this edition and see the opening pages of the score, click here. (PDF file, 64kb).

Edited by Brian Clark.
8pp.
Scoring: 2 trumpets in C, 2 violins, 3 violas, bassoon, continuo.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition does not include a continuo realization.
If you require one, please tick the box. Remember, it may take a week to produce a continuo part.