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50 Menuets (1728) for Two Violins or Mandolins; or Oboe, Recorder or Flute with Mandolin or Violin

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By Georg Philipp Telemann

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Flute, Oboe, Violin, String Duet, Soprano Recorder, Tenor Recorder, Mandolin - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Arranged by John Goodin. General Instructional. Score. 52 pages. Published by Rosie and Earl Music (S0.527069).

Item Number: S0.527069

G.P. Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history. According to Steven Zohn in his Music for a Mixed Taste: Style, Genre, and Meaning in Telemann's Instrumental Works (Oxford University Press, 2008) the menuets in this collection were first published by the composer in Hamburg in 1728 under the title Sept fois sept et un menuet ("Seven times Seven plus One Menuets"), and most likely were issued to subscribers in groups of seven throughout the year. While only a combined score with melody lines in the treble clef and figured bass has survived, an advertisement from the time suggests that either part may have been available on its own. These arrangements have been created by raising the bass line into the treble clef, creating a part playable by mandolin, violin or any other instrument capable of reaching the G below middle C. I was able to preserve the shape of the bass lines in most cases although I did sometimes have to ignore octave leaps and, in two or three spots (with great reluctance), I was forced to change a note.

These duos are both educational and fun. They are suitable for both private enjoyment and public performance and make excellent teaching tools.

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