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Michael Hovnanian formerly played bass with an orchestra located in a large midwestern city.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Marcello sonatas recording project, part 14

It is difficult to get anything done in the summer, with the infernal temperatures and interminable rehearsals. However, the recording project continues to creep along.

The second movement, Allegro, begins with a similar 'theme' to the other sonatas in the minor keys, no.s 2 and 3.

It is interesting to see how Mr Marcello took the material and went off in different directions with it. This movement has more legato to it than the others and, rather than ending with a flourish, sort of dissipates with the descending chromatic figure. Perhaps I'm betraying the paucity of my musicianship, but that's about all I have to say about it, other than that the continuo player got an unusual workout in the movement and was not at all happy about having to (try to) play this passage.

click below to listen


Michael Hovnanian said...

The final note of the 2nd measure of the sonata no.2 example should be 'g' natural. Sorry.

dippity said...


Michael Hovnanian said...

Thanks for listening!

Shige said...

Thank you for your wonderful project!

This project will help many contrabass player in the world!


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