Tartini Solo violin sonatas
Does anyone know where I can get the score to the Tartini Solo Violin Piccolo Sonatas? I could only find the manuscripts on IMSLP.
That's a good question. I can't find them either, except for the Devil's Trill, of course. Shar also has a double-sonata (two violins and continuo). I'm curious to see what others find.
The "Cerca nel catalogo" at Zanibon was very easy to use, I typed in "Tartini Sonatas" and found these offerings:
I believe what Amelia is looking for is:
An editor on IMSLP has uploaded a few modern editions. https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Tuttle,_Marshall
Manuscript here https://imslp.org/wiki/26_Violin_Sonatas_(Tartini%2C_Giuseppe)
Lev Ginsburg wrote a great biography of Tartini called "Tartini: His Life and Times". In it, there are all of his solo sonatas, many cadenzas, and I believe most or all of his "Art of Bowing".
What is the argument that any of these sonatas are actually intended to be solo works? I looked at the manuscript of the 26 sonatas. It begins very legibly* with pieces on two staffs for the violin and the bass line (the bass is never figured, Tartini trusted the "accompanist" to figure out on the fly). Somewhere along the sonatas are noted without a bass line, on every second staff. In other words he didn't have time (or motivation) to write down the bass line; I don't think they are MEANT to be without accompaniment. Finally the very last piece, almost completely illegible and quite possibly incomplete, is written on consecutive staves, leaving no space for a bass line. So this one MIGHT be intended as a solo piece but it seems more likely that the way it is spaced is due to the haste in which it is very obviously written.
Tartini letter to Algarotti February 24th 1750 'My little sonatas for solo violin have a bass part for convention's sake. I play them without bass and this is my true intention'. This applies to the picccole sonatas which the OP mentioned, but you could infer it to the other sonatas as well.
This might explain why the bass lines are so simple compared to Handel's or Vivaldi's.