Abel Concerto in D Major for Flute and Piano


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Abel Concerto in D Major for Flute and Piano

Abel Concerto in D Major for Flute and Piano

Publisher-Breitkopf & Hartel (MR2261)
Originally for flute, strings and basso continuo
Arranged/reduced for flute and piano.


Carl Friedrich Abel most likely wrote his Flute Concerto in Dresden before moving to London in 1759. The striking rhythms and transparent orchestral texture were inspired by the Italianate style of Johann Adolf Hasse, who led the Dresden Hofkapelle. Abel is at his most independent in the harmony, where major and minor keys are juxtaposed and keys with sharps follow keys with flats in close alternation, as in the first movement.

The source for this edition is a copy of the score located at the Musikbibliothek der Stadt Leipzig, which must have been corrected in red ink by one of Breitkopf’s diligent house readers back in the 18th century. To be precise, the D-major Flute Concerto was first included in Breitkopf’s catalogue back in 1761. The Leipzig publisher offered the work in copies, along with other flute concertos by Abel.

Carl Friedrich Abel

Abel (1723-1787) was a German classical composer and a renowned viola da gamba player. He was highly regarded for his contributions to instrumental music, particularly in the field of chamber music.

As well as composing many important works for the viola da gamba, he also wrote an array of works including symphonies, overtures, sonatas and chamber music. Abel also wrote numerous quartets, sonatas and concertos for the flute.

As a performer, he collaborated with renowned musicians of his time, including Johann Christian Bach. Abel’s influence extended beyond his compositions, as he played a significant role in the development of the classical symphony.


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