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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... THE SONATA BEFORE
BEETHOVEN. sJPHE earliest beginnings of the Sonata are found
TM-towards the close of the seventeenth century. The first Sonatas
appeared in 1681, for violin solo, by Henry Biber; then, in 1683,
there appeared twelve Sonatas for violin, violoncello, and piano,
by the violinist, Corelli. But more important as a composer of
pianoforte Sonatas was Johann Kuhnau, Sebastian Bach's predecessor.
He first wrote a Sonata in " B" in "Neuer Clavieriibung anderer
Theil." Generally speaking, the form is the present one, the Sonata
consisting of a quick, a slow, and then a quick movement. The style
of writing is polyphonic, but the work fails in inward aesthetic
connection. Kuhnau's next work appeared, in 1696, under the title
of "Fresh Fruit for the Piano; or, Seven Sonatas for the
Pianoforte, excellent in design and style, by Johann Kuhnau." These
Sonatas show progress in form and in matter; they are full of B
energy, vivacity, fresh grace, and also of deep feeling. They
consist entirely of four or five movements, and the contrast of the
quiet and agitated movement is found in many cases. The polyphonic
treatment is predominant, though the homophonic sometimes breaks
through, launching forth into free melodies. Single movements show
yet greater artistic merit. Kuhnau is intellectually associated
with Handel, by free polyphony and an energetic or clear treatment
of melody. An inward sesthetic connection is already discernible in
single movements. The next composer to be mentioned in this
department is Mattheson. A Sonata appeared by him, in 1713,
"dedicated to whoever will play it best." It consists of one
movement only; the treatment generally is richer than with former
composers, nor is the theme without merit; but the working of...
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Ernst Von Elterlein
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