Sheet Music: Dolce

from Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, No. 3
Opus numberOp. 2, TWV 40:103, Mvmt. 1
ComposerGeorg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo52 BPM
Performance time2:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-08-14
Last updated2009-08-14
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Friday 14 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Dolce

Flute duet by Georg Philipp Telemann

Often described as the most prolific composer in history, Georg Philipp Telemann was a contemporary of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and a lifelong friend of Handel. While in the present day Bach is generally thought of as the greater composer, Telemann was more widely renowned for his musical abilities during his lifetime.

In 1727, Telemann published his Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”. These six sonatas for two melody instruments follow the common custom of leaving some latitude in the choice of instrument, providing the possibility of wider sales, particularly for the flourishing amateur market.

“Dolce” (Italian for ‛sweet’) is the first movement of what is usually called Sonata No. 2, although sometimes it is referred to as Sonata No. 1. It is also often found transposed to F major.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Dolce Flute duet
2.Allegro Flute duet
3.Largo Flute duet
4.Vivace Flute duet