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Quantz: Pastorale in G Major

Johann Joachim Quantz
Pastorale in G Major
Edited by Reinhard Goebel
Quantz: Pastorale in G Major
Full Score (2011)
8.5x11, v + 11 pp.

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Performance Parts

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Orchestral Parts (2011)
Set of 15 parts: 2200 0000 33221
The court orchestra of Dresden had fallen into decline in the early eighteenth century, but its swift revival began in 1718 with the wedding preparations for the electoral prince, Frederick August II, and Maria Josepha of Austria, the daughter of the Hapsburg emperor. Musicians from Italy, France, and other courts in Germany were appointed to the Hofkapelle, and in the years following the wedding, the ensemble flourished and was held in high esteem throughout Europe. Many composers from Dresden, elsewhere in Germany, and beyond wrote works for the Dresden orchestra—as well as works for other orchestras in the Dresden style, thus reinforcing the artistic renown of the ensemble.
Johann Joachim Quantz’s Pastorale in G Major is an example of the latter case. Written in 1757, years after the composer had left Dresden to join the Berlin court of Frederick II of Prussia, the piece was an addition to the Christmas cantata Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem composed by Johann Friedrich Agricola.
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