Sonate en Ré min.
The Rochester Library, in the state of New York, conserves the following manuscript under the reference Vault M1490 B113:
Album of selected Pieces for one or two flutes
C. Babell 1698
These twenty seven suites for recorder, most of which are English, were assembled by the bassoonist Charles Babell, whose activity is documented between 1697 and 1714 at the Queen's Theatre in Haymarket, as well as in Drury Lane. Hawkins affirms that he held the bassoon position until the age of eighty. His son William leaves us the Concertos in seven parts (opus 3, London, 1730) for one or two recorders and strings.
The sonata by Carissimi, published here for the first time, is the twentieth piece in the album. Carissimi left us no instrumental works, and this one appears to be unpublished.
Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) lived the majority of his career in Rome as choirmaster for the San Appolinaire church. Beginning in 1656, he also served the exiled Queen Christine of Sweden. His works, in particular his oratorios and cantatas, were admired throughout Europe. Due to his activity as a teacher and composer, he had a profound influence on subsequent generations, and we notice his imprint on Charpentier, Alessandro Scarlatti and even on Haendel.
Pierre Boragno,translated by Jacqueline Rose