Unable to Find Sheet Music for Nardini Violin Concertos

Edited: November 30, 2018, 2:01 AM · Hello All,

For months I have been trying to locate Nardini's Violin Concertos for Strings and Continuo in C major, G major, D major, and A major. I would like to obtain the solo violin part for these concertos.

Does anyone have any idea where to obtain the sheet music? There is a CD out by the Orchestra de Camera Milano Classica of these concertos, and I believe that they must have used sheet music ( I emailed them, but have not received a reply). Also, I have emailed numerous sheet music companies and they have not been able to obtain it.

If you want reference, copy and paste this link into the search bar


Thank you for reading.

Replies (17)

November 30, 2018, 6:28 AM · See if this is what you are looking for. There are string and basso parts. I did not take the time to check the recording you cited against the sheet music.


November 30, 2018, 3:15 PM · If you go to the above IMSLP link and move your mouse pointer to the region at the end of the line, you will reveal a small number of letters. If one of them is "N" and you click on it you will be taken to a list of free streamable recordings available by courtesy of Naxos. In this case the recordings are Nardini's Op 1 Nos 2, 4-6 performed by Mauro Rossi with the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica.
November 30, 2018, 3:20 PM · Hello Carmen Tanzio, thank you for the reply. I have looked over the imslp website and went through everything under Nardini. I do have this sheet music printed but only number 5 corresponds to the recording. Number 5 is the A Major Concerto ( which is very beautiful!)
Thanks again!
November 30, 2018, 3:24 PM · Hello Trevor Jennings, thanks for this information. I have listened to the CD nonstop for a year, awaiting the day I find the sheet music and am able to play it!
Edited: November 30, 2018, 3:59 PM · I note that the YouTube video does not list the performers - not an uncommon omission if the recording is currently commercial. However, one comment on the YT video was that it is a CD on a specific label. Now, the label on the IMSLP recording is ... well, I leave you to look for yourself.

I also observe that the total playing time of Nardini's Op 1 nos 2, 4-6 on the IMSLP recording is 65' 37", and the total playing time of the YT recording is 65' 54" - not an important difference seeing that YT videos taken from an original often have odd seconds added here and there.

You may also wish to listen to the start of the video and the start of the first recording on IMSLP, compare, and draw your own conclusions ;)
Edited: December 1, 2018, 7:19 AM · A couple of free easy-to-use apps that have been around for a while: ClipGrab - which enables many YouTube videos to be downloaded, or audio extracted, obviously for personal and private use only; and a straightforward video editor - Avidemux - which does basic editing, combining and saving in different formats.
November 30, 2018, 6:48 PM · I should warn that some of the tips above about youtube etc. are likely copyright violations. We are musicians ourselves and ought to be aware of the importance of this and we ought to follow the rules.
December 1, 2018, 7:40 PM · @Sherry Omar,
I have just received from someone who is not a member of the forum an email containing information relevant to your search. The sender of the email has asked me to pass the information on to you. Here is the content of the email:

"The linked page has details as to the location of the C major concerto in question. It is not part of the Nardini's Opus 1 set of concerti.


The manuscript is held in the Civica Biblioteca - Archivi storici Angelo Mai, city of Bergamo in Italy. The full address is Civica Biblioteca - Archivi storici, Angelo Mai, Piazza Vecchia, 15, 24129 Bergamo (BG), Italy."

December 1, 2018, 9:46 PM · @ Albrecht Zumbrunn,
it is not my intention to violate any copyright concerning this material. I am simply wondering how I can obtain this music to play for my own pleasure, and hope that it is possible to purchase it. I'm sure it would bring Nardini great joy to know he has an avid fan.
December 1, 2018, 9:50 PM · @Trevor Jennings
Thank you kindly for the information you have provided. I hope that this lead will enable me to locate and eventually purchase the music. Thanks again.
December 3, 2018, 9:15 AM · https://opac.rism.info appears to be a very useful resource for original manuscripts, autographs and printed scores.
Edited: December 4, 2018, 7:38 AM · @Sherry Omar,
My informant, to whom we should all be very grateful for the research that has been done, has advised me of the locations of Nardini's concertos in G and D, as follows:

The G Major concerto is in the Biblioteca Civica of Bergamo, Italy.

The D Major concerto is in the University of California Music Library, Berkeley, California.

December 4, 2018, 4:27 PM · @Trevor Jennings

Thank you again for the additional information about this music. I will attempt to contact these sources in hopes of purchasing the sheet music. I will update on this page about my progress.

kindest regards,

December 6, 2018, 4:56 PM · @Trevor Jennings
I just wanted to let you know that I am still working on obtaining the music through the info you provided. The progress looks promising. I will keep you updated.


December 11, 2018, 2:30 PM · I have a copy of the Nardini G Major Violin Concerto edited and with cadenzas by Zvi Zeitlin published by Schirmer in 1970 based on the manuscript in the UC Music Library, Berkeley.
December 12, 2018, 6:02 AM · This may be interesting:
Edited: December 12, 2018, 8:39 AM · Luc Dejans, that's good stuff - 85 pages of the six concertos of opus 1 including solo and orchestral parts!

[EDIT added] There is no publication date that I can find, but it is probably late 18th century. The publisher was J J Hummel (not the composer) who seems to have specialised in Germanic music. This, together with an apparent absence of publication date, suggests that J J Hummel may have pirated Nardini's Op 1 - a common practice in those days.

This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha YVN Model 3
Yamaha YVN Model 3

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases


Aria International Summer Academy

Meadowmount School of Music

Bobelock Cases



Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins


Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine