Johann Speth : Tre Partite


edited by David Pickett


JOHANN SPETH was born in 1664 in Speinshart, Upper Palatinate, Germany (about 150 miles north-east of Nuremberg), where he studied music at the choir school of the local abbey. He was appointed cathedral organist in Augsburg in 1692, and is presumed to have died there sometime after 1719. His Ars magna consoni et dissoni was published in Augsburg in 1693. Dedicated to Count Anton Joseph Fugger and his family, it contains ten toccatas for organ, eight Magnificat settings, and the three sets of variations presented here.

This edition of Johann Speth's Tre Partite (three sets of variations) is for the intelligent performer. Intermediate between an original print or facsimile and an edition in modern notation, it is an attempt to transcribe the work with minimal editorial intervention. Its purpose is to enable the performer to play from a notation as close as possible to that of the source, without some of the attendant difficulties of reading from facsimile. There is, of course, no real substitute for the original, since many of the subtleties of the notation are not currently available in computer typesetting; but the present edition has the merit of being affordable.

The clefs used are treble and bass. Accidentals are given as in the source, including "redundant" accidentals. There is a complete editor's report. No page turns interrupt a variation.

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