Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 3
Composed by George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Arranged by John E. Davis for Flute Choir
Published by Falls House Press
Duration: 10 minutes
Includes score and parts
5 C flutes, Alto flute, Bass flute
Published in 1734 as part of a set of six concertos for two solo violins and orchestra, Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 3 is somewhat mysterious in origin. Unlike other concertos in the set which clearly contain reworkings of thematic material from earlier Handel compositions, Op. 6, No. 3 is more difficult to “pin down,” since no original manuscripts of it have survived and because the particular movements chosen for inclusion in the work and their order may have been determined by the publisher rather than the composer.
This arrangement is scored for five c-flute parts (with flutes one and two as soloists), one alto and one bass flute part – it may be performed effectively either one-on-a-part or with doubling of parts three, four, and five.