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.
Hornist Cynthia Carr is on the faculty of the University of Delaware, and performs regularly in Philadelphia as a member of the Opera Company orchestra and as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Delaware Symphony, and was the recipient of the 1996 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Ms. Carr has been an invited recitalist and lecturer at many regional and national conferences, including the 1999 MTNA National Convention and International Horn Workshop. A proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered two works for oboe, horn and piano trio and, in 1996, released the CD Images: Music for Horn and Piano by Women Composers. Ms. Carr also performs with the Chestnut Brass Company on their Grammy-award-winning CD Hornsmoke. She is the International Horn Society’s area representative for Delaware, and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Horn Competition. Ms. Carr holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University, and also completed a year of study with Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway as an ITT International Fellow.
Since its inception in 1991, Trio Arundel has performed at regional and national conferences, on university campuses and in recitals and performing arts series throughout the United States. The members of the ensemble—Timothy Clinch, oboe; Cynthia Carr, horn; and Julie Nishimura, piano—strive to enrich the repertoire for this unusual instrumental combination through transcriptions and commissioning projects, as well as researching and performing lesser-known original repertoire.