Six Sonatas for the Harpsichord. Charles BURNEY.

Six Sonatas for the Harpsichord.

London: R. Bremner, [1766]. Oblong folio. Modern stiff marbled paper wrappers, paper label with titling in ink to upper. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 41 pp. Engraved.

With "J. Bremner. New Bond Street No. 108." label to upper margin of title.

Binding very slightly worn. Minor scattered soiling; occasional offsetting; small stains to upper edge and lower right corner of title, with Bremner label slightly trimmed.

Second edition, the first printed privately in 1761. Rare. BUC p. 143. RISM B5063 (three copies only in in the U.S.).

Charles Burney is best-known as a writer on music, particularly as the author of a noted four-volume General History of Music (1776-89); he was also a well-regarded teacher. After nearly a decade away from the city, Burney returned to London in 1760 and sought to regain his prior status as a teacher. This was most likely the goal of the "Six Sonatas or Lessons" that he had privately printed in 1761 and then published by Bremner in 1766. "Burney's harpsichord music does not claim the rank of masterpiece. It is fluent, light-handed stuff in the taste of the day, and no doubt served its purpose as an item in the building up of his professional standing." Percy A. Scholes: The Great Dr. Burney, p. 101.

Regardless of their compositional merit, these sonatas present an interesting and lesser-known side of one of 18th century London's leading musical figures. Item #31299

Price: $750.00  other currencies

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