Purcell, Henry: 2 Fantazias

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Purcell, Herny

2 Fantazias

for Flute quartet (4. Altoflute)

arranged by Britta Roscher

"This quartet for 3 flutes and 1 alto flute is an arrangement of Purcell's Fantazias. They are dedicated to the quartet VerQuer and both dances are published on the CD "flautastic" (LC 24625, EAN 4099885596988) by VerQuer.

Henry Purcell's fantasias were probably written around 1680 and were composed as consort music. They are among the most sophisticated and demanding works in this genre. They are characterised by surprising modulations and are ahead of their time in terms of harmony.

This arrangement is based on the original and has only made adjustments where necessary. All four parts have equal rights and alternate in the melodic line. I hope you enjoy playing these two fantasies from the high baroque period!"

Britta Roscher



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