Anonymous, Aires & Symphonys, Opera tunes and Lessons for viola da gamba solo.
This anonymous collection was published in London ca. 1710, at the time when the great English repertory of fantasies and divisions for the viola da gamba was increasingly being replaced by arrangements of violin music and opera arias. It contains popular arias arranged for solo viola da gamba from Italian operas produced in London in the previous few years, as well as suites of shorter dances or lessons. Airs & Symphonys extends the repertory for solo viola da gamba in an interesting way. The level of difficulty is moderate. A detailed introduction by Peter Holman puts the collection in its historical context.
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow