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Concerto No 1 in A major

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The Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo, No 1 in A major from a set of six is by John Hebden (c1712-65). Originally from Yorkshire, he moved to London and played principal cello and second bassoon in the Vauxhall band in the 1740’s and 1750’s and also played in performances of Messiah for Handel at the Foundling Hospital. He was also a cellist in Thomas Arne’s orchestra at Vauxhall, Drury Lane and Covent Garden and in 1758 was appointed musician-in-ordinary (bassoon) to George II.

Despite working at Vauxhall, Hebden did not publish any songs or keyboard solos which might have added to his income but instead produced his highly disciplined six solos for flute and basso continuo (London, c1745) and concertos (London, c1749) which combine Italianate majesty with highly beautiful smooth slow movements reflecting his English heritage with nuances of Yorkshire country dances.

from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2015

Recordings

Handel: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD428Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Movement 1: Adagio
Movement 2: Fuga
Movement 3: Largo
Movement 4: Allegro

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