Franz Xaver Hammer (1741–1817). The last gambist: Sonatas for viola da gamba

O'Loghlin, Michael (2010) Franz Xaver Hammer (1741–1817). The last gambist: Sonatas for viola da gamba. Eighteenth-Century Music, 7 1: 148-150. doi:10.1017/S1478570609990650


Author O'Loghlin, Michael
Title Franz Xaver Hammer (1741–1817). The last gambist: Sonatas for viola da gamba
Journal name Eighteenth-Century Music   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-5706
1478-5714
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1017/S1478570609990650
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 148
End page 150
Total pages 3
Place of publication Cambridge, U.K .
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Along with the recorder and the lute, the viola da gamba is known to be a genuine historical instrument: that is, one that was never modified to cope with the public concert, large halls and changing taste. It used to be considered an instrument of the Renaissance and Baroque, and until recently the least explored part of its repertory was paradoxically the one closest to us in time: the music of the classical period. The most widely celebrated gambist, Carl Friedrich Abel, was also thought to be the last, both in his own lifetime and posthumously. On his death in 1787, his obituary observed that ‘his favourite instrument was not in general use, and would probably die with him’ (Walter Knape, ‘Carl Friedrich Abel’, Grove Music Online ). However, a whole range of music of the classical period has recently been rediscovered, published, performed and recorded. Simone Eckert, the performer and writer of liner notes for this disc, can therefore justly describe Franz Xaver Hammer as ‘the last gambist’, or, at least, the last member of a long line stretching back over three centuries of performer-composers for the instrument. Less than thirty years after Hammer’s death, the early music revival had begun, and viols were again being used in London to play old music.
Keyword Original Creative Works - Textual work
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Subtitle: "Simone Eckert (viola da gamba) / Hamburger Ratsmusik Christophorus CHR 77303, 2008; one disc, 76 minutes".

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