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Frühe Instrumentalwerke Händels in Abschriften Johann Georg Pisendels: Hypothesen zu Entstehung und Überlieferungsgeschichte

In: Venetiana. 11
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Frühe Instrumentalwerke Händels in Abschriften Johann Georg Pisendels: Hypothesen zu Entstehung und Überlieferungsgeschichte
The manuscripts of instrumental music in the collection of the Dresden concert master and violin virtuoso Johann Georg Pisendel, preserved in the Saxon State and University Library, Dresden, contain several compositions by Handel. Of special interest are two copies in Pisendel’s own hand: the score of the Sinfonia in Bb major HWV 339 and a complete set of parts of the Concerto grosso in Bb major HWV 312, later published by Walsh as op. 3 no. 1. The sinfonia is written on Roman paper, further proof that Handel had composed the piece in Italy; Pisendel might have copied it during his stay in Rome in early 1717. The concerto grosso parts represent an earlier version of the well-known piece which differs from the op. 3 version in many aspects. The most striking characteristics are an unknown slow movement in the rhythm of a sarabande and the additional meas ures for the last movement. Written by Pisendel on typical Venetian «3 crescents» paper, the parts might also date back to Pisendel’s Italian sojourn of 1716-1717 or some years later