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Haendel, Georg Friedrich Georg Friedrich Haendel
Germany Germany
(1685 - 1759)
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Haendel, Georg Friedrich: Sonata for a Musical Clock for Flute & Guitar

Sonata for a Musical Clock for Flute & Guitar
HWV 578
Georg Friedrich Haendel

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Composer :Georg Friedrich HaendelHaendel, Georg Friedrich (1685 - 1759)
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Flute and Guitar

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Georg Friedrich HaendelMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Key :C major
Date :1750
Copyright :Public Domain
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) was a German, later British, baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

In the eighteenth century there was a big market for music for keyboard music, and so it is not surprising that Handel's publisher sold three times as many copies of the organ reduction (probably the work of Handel himself) than the originals of Handel's organ concertos. Similarly there was a ready market for transcriptions of the overtures and other selections from Handels operas and oratorios. Again, many of these transcriptions may have been the work of Handel himself. Another of Handel's ventures was to write two sets of pieces for "Mr. Clay's Musical Clock." Some of these were transcriptions from Handel's operas, while others such as the Voluntary on a Flight of Angels were original compositions.

Handel wrote and arranged at least one set of tunes for the musical clock and is not mentioned in Chrysander's life of the composer, nor are the tunes to be found in the incomplete edition of his works issued by the Handel-Gesellschaft. Their existence only came to light on the disposal of Lord Aylesford's collection of musical manuscripts. This collection was bequeathed to an ancestor of the present Earl's by Handel's friend Jennens. It consisted of a very large number of copies of Handel's music, mostly in the writing of John Christopher Smith. The copies seem to have been made in the most indiscriminate fashion and Smith filled his volumes with the first thing that came to hand, with the result that their contents are often very confusing and difficult to identify. At the sale the larger part of the collection passed into the hands of dealers, but I was fortunate enough to secure a number of miscellaneous volumes containing a quantity of unpublished compositions which seem never to have been seen by Chrysander. In two of these volumes there are two sets of tunes for a musical clock. The first set is entitled "Ten [there are really eleven] Tunes for Clay's Musical Clock." The second set begins with this, the "Sonata for a Musical Clock" (HWV 578) followed by five other pieces evidently also written for the same purpose.

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Although originally written for Musical Clock, I created this Interpretation of the Sonata for a Musical Clock (HWV 578) for Flute & Classical Guitar.
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Added by magataganm the 2018-02-26

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By josephus38, at 15:49

A great choice for arrangement, the task being carried out very well. Some guitarists might see scope for a bass line in movements I and III, but this could detract from the nature of the original.
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