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From the Manuscript to the Viola: The Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas by H.I.F. Biber and the Construction of a Complete Edition for Viola and Basso Continuo

Gabriel Mateo Forero Villamizar, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Heinrich Ignaz Biber (1644-1704) was a Bohemian virtuoso violinist and composer with a very rich catalog, among which a collection consisting of 15 sonatas for violin and continuo and a final Passagalia for violin solo stand out. This collection is currently known as the Rosary Sonatas or Mystery Sonatas due to the presence of different engravings at the beginning of each work, which depict the different mysteries of the rosary according to the Christian tradition. This document describes the creation of the first known complete transcription of these sonatas for viola and continuo. In order to accomplish that task, it was necessary to analyze the context of the work and the composer, the original manuscript, and the different available editions on the market and their editorial decisions in order to find reliable material from which to build an accurate transcription for viola.Understanding the criteria of each of the different editions, and comparing the manuscript with these other sources, a new violin edition has been prepared that seeks to represent the contents of the manuscript as faithfully as possible from a scholarly and historical perspective.This document summarizes the current progress of this ongoing research that resulted in a new complete edition of these Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas for violin and basso continuo, presenting a critical commentary which explains the different challenges faced in the process of deciphering the manuscript and the editorial choices made for this edition. Finally, and based on this new violin edition, this document provides a description of the editorial procedures used to create the first known complete edition of the same collection of sonatas for viola and basso continuo, as well as a description of the procedure followed to complete this transcription.

Subject Area

Music|Performing Arts

Recommended Citation

Villamizar, Gabriel Mateo Forero, "From the Manuscript to the Viola: The Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas by H.I.F. Biber and the Construction of a Complete Edition for Viola and Basso Continuo" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI30486486.