Unfortunately, it is also often considered only as "study material" and therefore ill-treated and not made really enjoyable. Georg Friederich Handel was born in , the same year as Bach and four years after Telemann. This concerto was not actually composed by Handel, although he could have well written it. Indeed, in some of his operas he gave the violas an important role and composed some arias with solo viola accompaniment.
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According to his own version of the tale, violist Henri Casadesus first presented the piece to Madame Salabert in Paris, , asking her to publish it in memory of her recently deceased husband, Francis Salabert.
The preface in the score states that the concerto was received in by Casadesus from Camille Saint-Saens. Musical forgeries were hugely popular in the period between , as there was little chance of being caught.
Thus, forgers were able to work unhindered, making a living off the un-besmirched names of their predecessors. Even until much later, a great deal of the early musical periods remained unknown. Other forgers working under the names of the greatest composers included Fritz Kreisler, Ferdinand David, Gaspar Cassado.
These men, like Casadesus, passed off their own work as the works of great composers, including Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, and even Schubert. Henri Casadesus was uncle to Robert Casadesus, but whilst his nephew was unimpeachable in his composing endeavours, Henri and his two brothers Francis and Marius were not. Henri Casadesus not only forged pieces, but he was also responsible for twisting history. Bach, and C. The viola was considered an easy instrument to forge pieces.
Throughout his so-called career, Casadesus was responsible for offering new, fresh works, and for reviving the interest in viola as a solo instrument. If you liked this:.
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