The Creation of a Performance Edition of the Georg Christoph Wagenseil Concerto for Trombone with Attention Given to the Surviving Manuscripts and Primary Sources of Performance Practice from the Middle of the Eighteenth Century Page: 11
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Georg Christoph Wagenseil's Concerto for Trombone is the first known concerto form
work for the trombone. Although this makes this work of historical interest from a musicological
perspective, the concerto is also of potential interest to the theorist as well for its harmonic and
compositional construction. The most obvious of these nontraditional traits found in the concerto
is that it only has two movements, with the first containing a cadenza, instead of the traditional
three movements found in the concerto form. This is such an oddity that when the work was
rediscovered in the 1960s many musicologists believed the work was incomplete.30 This
assumption was proven incorrect due to performance records and the surviving manuscripts from
the eighteenth century.
For the purpose of this document, a formal and harmonic analysis should be included to
help a potential editor and performer make better choices regarding execution of the musical
elements in the concerto. For example, understanding the harmonic structure and formula of the
work will enable performers to decide the level of importance an ornament might have in the
larger context of the work. This would provide them with a more educated approach to the
choice, length and complexity of the ornaments.
Another aspect of musicianship that will be helped by an analysis of this kind would be
the dynamics. Similar to other elements of this work, dynamics are not included in the original
manuscripts. A complete performer's edition of the work should include some sort of dynamic
framework to help guide the musician. Understanding the importance of the formal and harmonic
structure of particular sections could help guide an editor and performer of this piece in the
determination of appropriate choices for dynamics.
30 Lindberg, 4.
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Oliver, Jason L. The Creation of a Performance Edition of the Georg Christoph Wagenseil Concerto for Trombone with Attention Given to the Surviving Manuscripts and Primary Sources of Performance Practice from the Middle of the Eighteenth Century, dissertation, August 2010; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc30500/m1/20/: accessed October 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .