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Johann Quantz

Johann Quantz (1697-1773)

Nationality: German
Born: January 30, 1697, Oberscheden, Hanover Died: July 12, 1773, Potsdam (age 76)

Sonata in G major, QV 2:30 (for oboe, bassoon and continuo)

(for oboe, bassoon and continuo)
From Kai Christiansen

Johann Joachim Quantz, 1697-1773

Trio Sonata in G Major

Johann Joachim QuantzBaroque music in the early 18th century began to feature wind instruments in chamber music, particularly the new "German" or transverse flute. Johann Joachim Quantz was its leading exponent; he was known across Europe as the greatest flute virtuoso, composer and theorist. In addition to his copious musical output, which included hundreds of sonatas, quartets and concerti, Quantz published the most important treatise on flute performance practice, Essay on Playing the Flute, in 1752. The essay was valued not only for its specific technical instruction, but also for its general guidance on musical style, taste and ornamentation. Quantz served for over 30 years as the royal court musician, composer and teacher to Frederick the Great of Prussia. The Trio Sonata, a composition for two (or more) solo instruments with continuo accompaniment, was the central form of Baroque chamber music, the most important ancestor of the classical string quartet. Living a good twenty-three years beyond the death of Bach, Quantz was, much like Bach's sons, a transitional composer with respect to the broad categories of music history, neither typical of the Baroque nor the classical age that that followed. Quantz is rather a textbook case of the stil gallant characaterized by a gracious and unburdened expressiveness that enjoyed a respite from the complexities of the mature styles that preceded and followed .

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