Duetto III, by George Frideric Handel
arr. for oboe, horn, and piano by Cynthia Carr
This piece is one of a set of twenty-two extant Italian chamber duets (for voice and continuo), believed to have been composed by Handel at Hanover during the years 1710–1712. The key has been changed from the original to suit the ranges of the oboe and horn, and articulations and dynamics have been added. The piano part is the realization of the figured bass by the violinist Joseph Joachim, originally published in 1870. This transcription is suitable for students or professionals who wish to add a Baroque chamber music piece (approximately seven minutes in length) to a recital program, without the demands of range and endurance Baroque music originally written for horn or oboe typically places on those instruments.