Mente, Suite for viola da gamba.
In this Suite, the influences of French viol music (Marais) mix with those of German sensitivity (J. G. Graun, C. P. E. Bach, Schaffrath). Rapid scale passages and multi-voiced chords characterize this catchyand captivating music. It is certainly not a coincidence that Mente chose the key of A-Minor, since it offers the possibility of exploiting to the full the low notes of the seventh string. Mente was obviously an outstanding artist on this instrument, and the suite deserves a place in the repertoire of late viol music from Germany.
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow.