Stylus Phantasticus ()

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composed by Dietrich Becker, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Adam Reincken, Johann Schop, Johann Vierdanck, Kaspar Förster, Matthias Weckmann, Nicolaus Adam Strungk, Samuel Peter Sidon, Thomas Baltzar

Stylus phantasticus -- "fantastic style" -- was first described by Athanasius Kircher in his 1650 musical encyclopedia Musurgia Universalis. Kircher defined it as a style unique to instrumental music that was "bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject; it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony." One would think such an ephemeral musical form, practiced in age when recording did not exist, would have vanished along with the fumes of Kircher's alchemical mixtures. ...

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  1. Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in C major, BuxWV 266
  2. Sine titulo, for violin & continuo
  3. Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in D minor
  4. Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & harpsichord in B flat major, Op. 1/4, BuxWV 255
  5. Prelude, for solo violin
  6. Canzon for harpsichord in D minor
  7. Partita for 2 violins, viola da gamba & harpsichord in A minor (Hortus musicus)
  8. Sonata No. 4 in D minor
  9. Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in D major
  10. Sonata for violin and basso continuo in G major
  11. Sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in F major ("La Sidon")
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Stylus Phantasticus
2010, Berlin Classics

UPC: 782124165727

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