‘Sonata del Sig. Zipoli’

9

June
2010

Italian organist Domenico Zipoli was one of a handful of baroque composers to have been born in Europe and pass away in the Americas. According to distinguished musicologist Robert Stevenson, he “was the most renowned Italian composer to go to the New World in colonial times and the most famous to have chosen the Jesuit order.”

Zipoli composed oratorios, sacred music, and keyboard pieces, the latter of which he is best known today.

As well, he wrote a single sonata for violin and basso continuo (probably just harpsichord), found in the Sächsische Landesbibliothek as part of the Dresden Hofkapelle manuscript collection. The sonata is not in Zipoli’s hand but that of Johann Georg Pisendel, concertmaster of the Hofkapelle who collected and copied much Italian music during his tenure.

As far as I know, there is only one available modern edition of the sonata. Now there’s a second (and it’s free):

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