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Concerto grosso C Major op. 3/12

Christmas concerto

By Francesco Manfredini

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2 violins, cello, string orchestra and harpsichord - intermediate
Christmas concerto. Composed by Francesco Manfredini. Edited by Helmut W. May. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Concertino (Chamber Orchestra). Score. Composed 1718. Op. 3/12. 23 pages. Duration 10'. Schott Music #CON 94. Published by Schott Music (HL.49002149).

Item Number: HL.49002149

ISBN 9790001022859. 9x12 inches.

It was the Weihnachtskonzert (Christmas concerto) in C major that won special popularity continuing a tradition which was cultivated by Corelli with his pastoral at the end of Op. 6 No. 8 or by Torelli in his Op. 8 No. 6 and reaching to the pastoral in Handel's Messiahs and to the sinfonia in the second cantata of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas oratorium. This, finally, originates from the music-making of shepherds - coming from the Abruzzi and from Calabria to Rome at Christmas to play the shawm and the bagpipes in front of the cribs. Hence the popular consecutive thirds and the sustained bass tones characterizing the first Largo, a genuine siciliano in the rocking, typically dotted 12/8 time.

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