Viola da gamba

Competition Repertoire for the 8th Competition


8th International Viola da gamba Competition Bach – Abel
in Köthen 2021


Competition repertoire



1st round

Carl Friedrich Abel

(1723 – 1787)

from the Maltzan collection:
Sonata A minor A2:57A for Viola da Gamba and Basso continuo,Njg1MzE0OTM/29/#item


Jean Schenck

(1660 - after 1712) 

L‘Écho du Danube
from Sonata III for Viola da Gamba and Basso continuo:
Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga


Tobias Hume

(around 1569 - 1645)

From „The first part of ayres“ (1605):
A Pavan A minor (Nr.42), Good again (Nr. 14), A Souldiers Galiard (Nr. 48)



2nd round

Vestiva i colli (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, around 1525 – 1594) ODER?

Diminutions by Francesco Rognioni (after 1570 - after 1626) from Selva di Varii Passaggi, Venezia 1620

OR: an improvised Bastarda



Christian Wilhelm Podbielski



Sonata G Major for Viola da Gamba and Basso continuo

(published by Edition Walhall – EW 514)


Antoine Forqueray

(1672 - 1745)                  


From Piecès deViole avec la Basse Continue, IVth Suite:

La Marella, La D’aubonne(Sarabande), La Bournonville




Final Round                                                   

Carl Friedrich Abel




From Drexel MS:           

Allegro                        A1:18 

Andante                     A1:10

Tempo di Menuet        A1:31


Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685 – 1750)  


Sonate für Viola da Gamba und Cembalo g-Moll BWV 1029

Carl Friedrich Abel 


Concerto a Viola da Gamba Concertata G majorA9:2

for Viola da Gamba, two violins, viola and basso

(published by Ed. GüntersbergG331)


If problems with the acquisition of scores arise, please contact the competition office for assistance.

Playing by heart is not a requirement.

Harpsichord and ensemble accompaniment will be provided by the competition.

Performances are expected to be based on historical sources.