Joseph Brentner. A Catalogue of His Works (Brk)
Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner
Brk 99

Pastorella in G

This is one of the oldest known instrumental pastorellas from the Czech Lands. The composition was intended as instrumental church music, as indicated by the figured bass line for the organ, yet Brentner commonly does not use figured bass in his secular instrumental compositions and mostly assigns the bass line explicitly to the cello.

The work has been preserved in a period score together with another similar pastorella by the kapellmeister of the cathedral, Thomas Anton Albertini (c. 1660–1735), a composer more than a generation older than Brentner. An unknown copyist wrote out both scores in December 1730, perhaps for study purposes or as repertoire for the forthcoming Christmas holidays, but today we know neither the provenience of the copies nor the place for which they were intended. The severe damage of the copies caused by ink erosion might serve as a clue of sorts in the further search for their origin; in some countries, more aggressive varieties of ink were produced and used, as is well known, for example, from examining the Leipzig sources for Johann Sebastian Bach’s works, most of which are marked by the same problem. Both scores were acquired at an unknown time by Simon Molitor (1766–1848), a musician, composer, and civil servant in Vienna. He had parts of Albertini’s pastorella copied out (the parts have survived together with both scores), and on 6 January 1838 he had it performed as part of his home concerts. He is also likely to have dealt with Brentner’s pastorella, as is indicated by markings in the score, but there is no evidence of the composition having been performed.

vl, vl, vla, org (= bc)

Composition: Not after 1730

Edition: Instrumentální hudba / Instrumental Music (Academus Edition 4)




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