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Domenico Brasolini
Suonate da camera a tre, due violini e clavicembalo o violoncello (1689)
edited by Francesco Passadore

Domenico Brasolini was born in Rovigo in the latter half of the 17th century. He played viola under Giovan Battista Bassani at the Accademia della Morte, Ferrara (1689-93), organ at the Adria Cathedral (1693-98), and possibly was chapel master in Pistoia. In 1688 he set to music Alessandro Faiafari’s libretto, Il sacro ossequio, an oratorio for St. Nicolò’s day (the patron saint of Argenta, a small town near Ferrara). In 1707, another work of Brasolini’s, Il trionfo dell’umiltà, was staged in Modena. His only printed collection is Suonate da camera a tre, issued by Pier Maria Monti, Bologna. It was dedicated to Msgr. Francesco Acquaviva d’Aragona, then Papal vice legate in Ferrara. We learn from the dedication that this was Brasolini’s «first musical composition». On the front cover, the harmonic foundation is given to «clavicembalo, o violone», that is, the keyboard has priority over the cello, contrary to period usage. Also, the continuo part is marked as «Spinetta». All twelve sonatas for two violins and continuo follow the balletto-courant-jig pattern, but for two, ending up with a saraband. The last sonata calls for scordatura—the violins’ lowest strings must be raised from G to A.

Francesco Passadore has been teaching Music History and Musical Aesthetics in several conservatories since 1983, and taught Musical Bibliography at Venice University (2000-09). He was in the board of the Levi Foundation, Venice (1988-2001), also supervising the book series, Studi musicologici, and organizing meetings (1988-2005). He coordinated the music manuscript section of govern-sponsored ACOM (Archivio Computerizzato Musicale) (1986-89) and was a board member of Interreg III Italia-Slovenia 2000-2006: Giuseppe Tartini e la Musica del Settecento veneto, operated by the Teatro La Fenice Foundation, Venice. Between 2009 and 2012 he has been executive editor for SIdM–Società Italiana di Musicologia. He produced bibliographies and essays on music between 17th and 19th century and worked as an editor for many publishing houses and institutions. Some of the 18th-century music he edited has been recorded by Hungaroton, most recently Baldassare Galuppi’s cantata, L'oracolo del Vaticano (2004). He compiled thematic catalogs of Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Giuseppe Torelli, Maddalena Lombardini, and Ludovico Sirmen.

Suonate da camera a tre