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I had the great pleasure to discover Giuseppe Tartini today. After my jaw hit the floor listening to "Devil's Trill Sonata", I exhausted the YouTube videos that were allocated to this composer and was quite surprised to hear a familiar refrain from J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 wafting out in a couple variations toward the end of Giuseppe's Violin Sonata In G-Minor 'Didone Abbandonata' Op.1, part II. Check it out for yourself - around the 4.43 minute mark:
I know composers often reference other works in their own, but it's rather fun when you run across them. These two composers were writing music during the same time period so I'm not sure who has the original, but I'm guessing Bach. Of course my brain could just be tricking me too, since I don't have any music to verify the observation. Any other guesses or insights on this?
Oh, and this is an astonishing performance by a 13 year old. We'll likely be hearing her name again.
If you like mysteries, there's one under the same title by the associate concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. A very fine violinist whose prose I wish measured up to his playing, but it is interesting. You can probably google "The Devi's Trill" and get to it on Amazon.com.
Bach stole all kinds of stuff. Vivaldi was a favorite target. It was not verboten to adapt other people's stuff. Vivaldi probably stole stuff too. Bach even stole from himself. So did Handel. In our day. Stravinsky and Bernstein also stole stuff. I'm sure the list would go on.