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Three Canonic Duos
For two violins, two violas or two cellos

From Telemann's Opus 5.

The Sonatas Opus 5 by Telemann composed in 1738 remain one of the minor masterpieces of Baroque music. Few composers of that period managed to create such intricate and delightful music from so little.

The canon was an ever-present device in music of the Baroque and there are few compositions that don't include imitative counterpoint.

Making a whole composition out of a strict canon is still a challenge for the composer, and one that it has been fascinating to take up.

I first heard the Telemann canons played by two friends for the sheer joy of playing together. My three canonic duos are written for the same friends to enjoy in a similar spirit.

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