9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music


An analytical approach to the instrumental chamber music of Antonio Bertali (1605-69)

Niels Martin Jensen

In 1990 at the Fourth Biennial Conference on Baroque Music I gave a preliminary survey of the manuscript sources of the Italian composer Antoni Bertali’s instrumental music. There still exist many problems of authenticity concerning both the manuscripts with his music and the printed sources. However, an analytical approach to his instrumental chamber music may contribute both to the clarification of the actual amount of extant works by this influential composer and to a more well-founded understanding of his stylistic influence, - although “ce qui n’est pas une petite affaire” as Sébastien de Brossard commented on the collection Prothimia suavissima (1672) in his catalogue from 1724-25.

Bertali’s music went from Vienna through central Europe (the collection of Karl Liechtenstein-Castelcorn at Kromeriz ) and up north to Stockholm and Copenhagen, a city which in the 1660's became a melting pot of contemporary tendencies within instrumental music with composers such as Kaspar Förster Jr., Johann Philipp Krieger, Christian Geist and the young Buxtehude being active there or in the neighbourhood of the Danish capital.

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