Wednesday 21 December 2011
Tune of the Day: Adagio by Chédeville
from “Il pastor fido” Sonata No. 2
This is the prelude to the second of the Il pastor fido sonatas, first published in 1737. The composer, Nicolas Chédeville, made a secret agreement with Jean-Noël Marchand to publish a collection of his own compositions as Antonio Vivaldi's Op. 13. Chédeville supplied the money and received the profits, all of which was recorded in a notarial act. This may have been an attempt to give his instrument, the musette, the endorsement of a great composer which it lacked.