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Michele Stratico: The Opus 1, Sei Sonate, and an edition of sonatas No. 2 and No. 6. (Volumes I and II)

Francia Fitch Mann, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The present study is concerned with violinist, composer and theorist Giuseppe Michele Stratico (b. 1728- d. after 1782). Born in Croatia and educated in Padua, he was a member of the musical circle around Guiseppe Tartini in the mid-eighteenth century. Although Stratico practiced law professionally, he was a student of Tartini's, and the composer of over 300 works for strings. Stratico was almost unknown until 1958-1961 when the University of California at Berkeley acquired a collection which includes over 280 manuscripts by Stratico and a copy of his opus 1 violin sonatas. While there has been some interest in Stratico since then, the majority of his works remain in manuscript, and published biographical information is incomplete. The purpose of this study is to examine Stratico's life and works, with an emphasis on the opus 1, Sei Sonate, the only works published during Stratico's lifetime (c. 1763). It seems likely that these sonatas were chosen for publication by Stratico as representative of his best work, and as such are logical choices for scholarly attention. It is also significant that five of these sonatas survive in manuscript versions as well. The existence of two sources provides an opportunity to compare manuscripts probably intended for members of the Tartini school with printed versions more thoroughly edited for publication, especially with regard to the ornamentation. The study is arranged in two volumes, one of text with musical examples, and one primarily of music. Chapter 1 deals with the Berkeley manuscript collection, Stratico bibliography and biography, and Stratico's musical and theoretical output in general. Chapter 2 concerns the provenance of the Sei Sonate and the concordant manuscript sources, the stylistic features of the sonatas, and the differences between the two versions. Volume II contains an edition of sonatas No. 2 in G major and No. 6 in C major from the Sei Sonate, preceded by sections dealing with editorial policy, critical notes, and performance practice.

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Recommended Citation

Mann, Francia Fitch, "Michele Stratico: The Opus 1, Sei Sonate, and an edition of sonatas No. 2 and No. 6. (Volumes I and II)" (1992). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9225485.