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Thursday 16 September 2021

Mystery Sonatas

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Thank you to Molly and Mary Reinker for their beautiful performance at Monday's Musical Rosary.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's Rosary Sonatas (Rosenkranzsonaten, also known as the Mystery Sonatas or Copper-Engraving Sonatas) are a collection of 15 short pieces, each with a title related to the Rosary. On Monday we heard the last five, for the Glorious Mysteries. It is presumed that the Mystery Sonatas were completed around 1676, but they were unknown until their publication in 1905.