Domenico Cimarosa
Concerto for two flutes (1793)

The Italian Domenico Cimarosa was a central figure in eighteenth-century comic opera: his seventy-six completed operas (the best known being 'A Secret Marriage') established a reputation unparalleled in Italy until the emergence of Rossini. Although was an able violinist and keyboard player (having studied at the Naples Conservatoire), only a handful of his considerably wide instrumental works are occasionally revived. They are slight in structure and content, with gracious melodies, and are written in a style similar to Mozart. The concerto for two flutes was written in 1793 whilst Cimarosa was Kapellmeister to Emperor Leopold II in Vienna. It is a typical example of his elegant instrumental writing, which also incorporates elements of light hearted comedy from his operas. VAS/DPS/JCC

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