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The Berlin Duos (with commentary) - Score

By Georg Philipp Telemann

2 Alto Recorders
Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Recorder Duets. Score. 25 pages. Published by Dolce (MM.DOL0705).

Item Number: MM.DOL0705

This third set of duos by Telemann for two flutes (excluding the canonic duets) has come down only in single manuscript source, in the Staatsbliothek in Berlin (Preussischer Kulturbesitz, MS mus. 21787). The manuscript is, rather unhelpfully, entitled "Set duetti per due Flauti". The remarkable pieces differ from the other duos in having four rather than three movements. From the style of the music one might suppose that they come from late in Telemann's life, at least as late as the 1752 duos already published in this series (DOL 701). They may indeed be the pieces that Quantz praises so highly in his book of duos of 1759 (available in DOL 702).

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  • 2008-01-12 00:00:00.0 transpositions cause struggle

    beautiful music, joy to play, pity it's all been transposed up a 3rd/4th/5th(!)and therefore too high to make sense on a recorder. I wouldn't say the meaning of this music would be, to struggle one's way through...

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