I am a retired musician and advocate for the viola d'amore.
For the last six months, I have been scoring the music in A 199, a Czech Museum of Music manuscript. In this manuscript are thirty-four duos for viola d'amore and violoncello, fourteen duos for two violas d'amore, and four movements for viola d'amore solo without accompaniment. All these works are anonymous.
I am now posting the scores and parts of these musical works on my website, http://violadamore.com/index.php/48-duos-for-viola-d-amore.html.
These works have not yet been played and heard in modern times. I hope my free scores will encourage players to explore this large cache of music from the 1770s and give players access to music that ranges from easy to very challenging and tonalites that range from Eb to E major.
This music must be available to today's players. The history of the viola d'amore has not yet been told because so much of its repertoire is unavailable. This project is my effort to make a small part of that story known.
As of today, 13th March, I have posted about two-thirds of the scores. In addition to pdfs of the scores and parts, I also freely provide musescore files of all the works so players can change clefs and create printed scordatura parts that suit their needs.
Once I have all the individual works posted, I will create a pdf score and parts for the complete collection. Here is a draft of the score of the complete manuscript:
You may read more about the manuscript here:
I have made quick recordings of some of the music for youtube:
Any contribution will help me in this endeavour. I was very grateful for the support I received for my last project, and I thank those who gave. Forty-eight Duos will be an even greater resource for today's violist d'amore.