Telemann: Partita V for Oboe and Basso continuo, TWV 41:e1
Code: JP1086 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0278-3
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1757) was a prolific composer
having completed over 3000 works including 1043 church
cantatas, 46 settings of the Passion, and nearly 50
concertos for various instruments. The Partita V in E
minor is taken from a set of chamber works published
together under the title Die kleine Kammermusik in 1716,
during the composer's tenure as director of music to the
city of Frankfurt am Main. They are dedicated, not to a
patron or ruler, but to outstanding oboists encountered
by Telemann during the course of his career. One of the
oboists was the Frenchman, François Le Riche
(1662 - after 1733). Telemann had met him in 1702 and
was greatly impressed by his artistry. Le Riche's German
pupil, Johann Christian Richter (1689 - 1744) was also
included in the dedication. How much they were admired
can hardly be expressed better than by Telemann's own
words: 'I venture to dedicate the present Kleine
Kammermusik to you in the confidence that it will be
benevolently regarded, since I have had the honour of
being acquainted with numerous examples of your goodness
and courtesy, which can never be praised highly enough.
Whether, however, this work will meet with your
approbation remains yet to be seen. Were this to be so,
since your virtuosity is admired by half the world, it
would be no small matter.' Telemann wrote further: 'I
have limited the range as much as possible, avoided
leaps across large distances as well as difficult and
uncomfortable tones. On the other hand, I have attempted
to provide a great number of the brilliant tones which
nature has distributed at various places on this
delicate instrument. I have also tried to be concise in
the arias, partly in order not to tax the player...'
Although these pieces were clearly composed for the
oboe, the publication also lists the option of using
violin or flute. Telemann issued a second edition of
these works in 1728, during the time he spent in
Hamburg. A copy of this second edition at the
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek in Darmstadt is the
source for this current publication.
The oboe part for this edition has been edited by Valarie
Anderson. The set includes the original figured bass and a
suggested realization by harpsichordist, Gail Olszewski.
A basso continuo is also included with the parts for use
with a harpsichord, but is not needed when a piano is
substituted for the keyboard.
There are 7 short movements: opening with an Andante and
followed by 6 "Arias".