The Eighth Book of Six Lessons for the Harpsichord or Forte Piano with an Accompanyment for a violin or Flute Composed and humbly Dedicated to the Countess Dieden. [Score]. Mathias VENTO, Mattia.

The Eighth Book of Six Lessons for the Harpsichord or Forte Piano with an Accompanyment for a violin or Flute Composed and humbly Dedicated to the Countess Dieden. [Score]

London: Welcker, [1773]. Large folio. Sewn. 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-31 pp. Engraved.

Title stained and soiled, one small hole, corners slightly lacking, partially detached, with "Md. Thomas" in early manuscript below dedication.

First Edition. BUC p. 1037. RISM V1169.

"Another side to Vento’s London activity is shown in his 11 collections of keyboard sonatas, most with subordinate violin accompaniments. Burney described these as ‘flimsy and so much alike, that the invention with respect to melody and modulation, may be compressed into two or three movements’. It must then have been their ‘graceful, easy, and flowing melody’ which caused them to be reprinted in Paris and to be retained in publishers’ catalogues for half a century. There is some truth in Burney’s allegation of sameness, but the 65 sonatas, spanning from 1764 to 1776, mirror subtle stylistic changes taking place at the time – for example, towards pianistic dynamics, greater symmetry and periodization, and stronger metricality." Ronald R. Kidd in Grove online. Item #22038

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