Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1757) was a very prolific
composer having completed over 3000 works including 1043
church cantatas, 46 settings of the Passion, and nearly
50 concertos for various instruments. The six sonatas in
this edition, first published in 1727, were originally
for two flutes or two violins. Due to the somewhat
limited range of only two octaves and a step, the duets
are also very practical for any other two like treble
woodwinds. Note that if
B-flat clarinet is used with a C instrument,
the clarinet part must be transposed.
As was common with most eighteenth century scores, few
articulation marks were included in the original
manuscript. This edition does not add new articulations,
but does offer some suggestions in a narrative that
briefly discusses appropriate use of slurs and trills.
Performers may add articulation and ornamentation
according to their experience and personal tastes.
Each sonata has 4 short movements with each of the two
parts requiring equal ability.