Sonata No. 12 in E minor for viola d’amore
Cantata for alto, flute, violin and basso continuo
Sonata G dur
Selected Sheet Music
Sonata in A Minor for Viola d´amore
Notes and Commentary
Attilio Malachia Ariosti, principally noted for his work with viola d’amore and opera, was a Servite Friar and Italian composer in the Baroque style, born in Bologna. He produced more than 30 operas and oratorios, numerous cantata, and instrumental works.
In 1697, in Berlin, he wrote and collaborated in the writing of a number of stage works performed for the court. He resided as the court composer until 1703.
His first opera was performed in Venice in 1697. From 1703 to 1709 he was the General Austrian Agent for Italy, during the reign of Joseph I. After 1716 he achieved success in Paris and London. In London, he shared with Georg Frideric Handel and Giovanni Bononcini the directorship of the Royal Academy of Music, and he played the viola d’amore in an entr’acte in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula. In 1724 he published a Collection of Cantatas, and Lessons for the Viola d’Amour, which he sold by subscription. This publication might have been the most successful sale of music by subscription in the 18th century.
He wrote 21 solo sonatas for the the viola d’amore, which is a viola with resonating or sympathetic strings (unplayed strings beneath the regular stings that resonate when the strings above them are played). These are usually called the Stockholm Sonatas, as the sole surviving source for most of them is in the Statens Musikbibliotek in Stockholm, Sweden. The Stockholm Sonatas display Ariosti’s liking for surprising harmonies, his inventive use of silence, and his wit.—Excerpted from Wikipedia
Books and Music
Collection of Lessons for the Viol d’amore
Die Viola d’amore
Six Sonatas for Viola d’Amore and Harpsichord (1979), 1 vinyl album
Chamber Music, Cantatas, 1 vinyl album
- Concerts (lost)
- Some sonatas for viola and violoncello
The best known is “La Passione di Cristo” (Vienna, 1709)
Altogether 23 operas, among them:
- “La festa di Imeneo” – (Berlin) balletto.
- “Atys” – (Berlin).
- “La fede nei tradimenti” – (Berlin, 1701).
- “Marte e Irene” – (Berlin, 1703).
- “I gloriosi presagi del Scipione Africano” – (Vienna, 1704).
- “La profezia d’Eliseo nell’assedio di Samaria” – (Vienna, 1705).
- “Marte placato” – (Vienna, 1707).
- “La gara delle antiche eroine ne’ campi elisi” – (Vienna, 1707).
- “Amor tra nemici” – (Vienna, 1708).
- “La Placidia” – (Vienna, 1709).
- “Coriolano” – (London, 1723).
- “Lucio Vero” – (London, 1726).
- “Vespasiano e Artaserse” – (London, 1724).
- “Dario” – (London, 1725).
- “Gli amori di Polifemo“, music by Giovanni Bononcini.
He lived from November 5, 1666, to 1729.