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Concerto No 9 in E minor

composer
XII Concertos in Eight Parts, circa 1728

 
This is a concerto by the painter, civil servant and wind player Robert Woodcock to represent the sort of music that would have been played in the intervals of eighteenth-century productions of Shakespeare plays. Like many concertos of the period written for the London theatres, it has no viola part and is written in a light Italianate style. Woodcock died in April 1728, and his XII Concertos in Eight Parts seem to have been published soon afterwards as a posthumous tribute to him. Thus the three flute concertos included in the collection seem to be the earliest published anywhere for the instrument.

from notes by Peter Holman 2004

Recordings

Orpheus with his lute
CDA67450

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