Donnerstag, 30. Januar 2014

Quantz - the exceptional teacher

Here is something to calm down your nerves: music from the composer, flutist and teacher Johann Joachim Quantz who was born today in 1697. He was the teacher of Friedrich II. 'Der Große' and also his 'Kammermusikus' and court composer. He had many privileges for that time, so he was allowed to criticize the king and his performance. This shows us today how trustful and exceptional Quantz was as a teacher and how high his royal student thought of him. 

Although Quantz wrote many pieces of music, mainly for the flute, he is best known today as the author of Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen (1752) (titled On Playing the Flute in English), a treatise on traverso flute playing. It is a valuable source of reference regarding performance practice and flute technique in the 18th century.

Quantz is usually classified as a composer of baroque music, but he also adapted elements of the 'Vorklassik'.

Here are a couple of concertos for flute and strings:

And an Double Concerto for two flutes and strings: 

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