Telemann – The Gulliver Suite for viola duo


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Shortly after Jonathan Swift’s famous novel was published, Telemann created this fabulous five-movement duo. I hardly need mention that it sounds way better as a viola duo than the original two violins.

Two remarkable features: The second movement, with a time signature of 3-over-32, where the longest note is a 32nd, and the third movement, with a time signature of 24-over-1, where the shortest note is a whole-note! Notwithstanding this whimsical musical reflection of the novel, it really is a super piece of music. 7.5 mins. M

P.S. It also includes a rendering of the ”metaphorical” movements into more conventional time signatures -phew!

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