Cover pageCarl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Six Prussian Symphonies

No. 1 in C major, No. 2 in B flat major, No. 3 in E flat major, No. 4 in D major (Sinfonia Concertante), No. 5 in B flat major, No. 6 in D major

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Editor: Günter von Zadow, publication date: 2021-03, introduction: Michael O'Loghlin, piano reduction (Symphony No. 4): Dankwart von Zadow, source: D-B KHM 8-13

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G369Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 37-39, No. 1-3, full score, Orch, 82 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-369-839.80 €
G370Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 43, 40, 41, No. 4-6, full score, Orch, 144 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-370-449.80 €
G371Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 37, No. 1, orchestral parts, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 73 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-371-149.80 €
G372Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 38, No. 2, orchestral parts, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 69 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-372-849.80 €
G373Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 39, No. 3, orchestral parts, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 73 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-373-549.80 €
G374Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 43, No. 4 (Sinfonia Concertante), orchestral parts, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 89 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-374-249.80 €
G375Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 40, No. 5, orchestral parts, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 81 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-375-949.80 €
G376Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 41, No. 6, orchestral parts, 2x2Fl, 2x2Ob, 2x2Cor, 2xV1, 2xV2, Va, 2xVc, Orch, 81 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-376-649.80 €
G377Carl Friedrich Abel, Six Prussian Symphonies, WKO 43, No. 4 (Sinfonia Concertante), piano reduction + 3 solo parts, Piano+(Ob+V+Vc)-obl, 84 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-377-329.80 €

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Edition Güntersberg would like to use this edition to prepare for the 300th anniversary of Carl Friedrich Abel's birth on 22.12.2023.

Abel wrote a total of 46 symphonies, 40 of which appeared in print in the 18th century. The six late symphonies, which were not printed at the time, are the subject of this publication. They arrived in Berlin in 1782 on the occasion of Abel's visit to the Prussian Crown Prince and are now in the Königliche Hausbibliothek in Berlin. The manuscripts of the parts come partly from London and partly from Berlin.

All the symphonies are in three movements. The instrumentation generally consists of 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola and basso; in the sixth symphony 2 flutes are added. The fourth symphony is a "Sinfonia Concertante" for the solo instruments oboe, violin, violoncello and the orchestra in the instrumentation mentioned. Our edition consists of scores and orchestral parts. For the Sinfonia Concertante there is also a piano reduction and the solo parts.

Michael O'Loghlin writes in his introduction: "Mozart copied Abel’s Symphony in E flat, op. 7 no. 6, which was long thought to be Mozart's own work. Abel’s style shows surprising similarities to Mozart’s: above all, the apparently endless resource of charming melodies. With their skilful use of passing dissonances, many of Abel’s melodies are quite similar to Mozart’s. . . . Like any significant composer, Abel has some aspects in common with his contemporaries, and some which are uniquely his own; and all of them are well worth finding and enjoying."

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