of the greatest composers of the late Baroque era, the first violin
virtuoso and his most disquieting "The Devil's Trill":
legend says he composed it after dreaming that the devil appeared
at his bedside, playing the violin with great ability.
from the original CD booklet:
in Sol Minore "Il Trillo del Diavolo" (The Devilís
Tradition has it that Tartini composed this Sonata after dreaming
about the Devil- Lucifer had appeared at the foot of his bed
and played the violin with great verve and expertise. The sonata
begins with anLarghetto
affettuoso based upon a linear melody. In the second movement
an Allegro presto, arpeggios, and sequences of sound distant
from each other constitute intricate passages of frequent mordents
which require notable performing skill. In the third movement
we encounter the famous "trill" a piece which involves
notable difficulty in its execution: the left hand plays two
parts at the same time, the "trill" on one string
an the melody on the others.
in Sol minore Op.1 nį10 "Didone abbandonata" "Didone
abbandonata" was written during the first creative period
of the composer and it is the most famous of Tartiniís sonatas
after " The Devilís Trill". Its fame is due to its
depth of expression and to its reliance upon the words of the
play of the same title by Metastasio. Like the "trill"
this work is in G minor, with bipartite tempos and ritornellos.