Cover pageCarl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787)
Concerto in D major a Cembalo obligato

for Haprsichord, two Violins, Viola and Basso

Preface Reviews [in German version] Sample page CDs [in German version] 2nd sample page Errata / Addenda 3rd sample page Deutsche Version

Editor: Günter von Zadow, publication date: 2022-03, introduction: Michael O'Loghlin, continuo realization: Dankwart von Zadow, source: D-B N.Mus. BP 7

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G398Carl Friedrich Abel, Concerto in D major a Cembalo obligato, AbelWV F7, First Edition, Cemb+Str, full score and parts, 104 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-398-844.50 €


This previously unpublished harpsichord concerto by Abel most likely dates from his time in Germany, i.e. it was composed before his departure for England in 1759. It has survived in a copy that is in the music library of Ludwig Baron von Pretlack, who resided in Germany near Darmstadt in the 18th century. The collection is now in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

All three movements are written in the early classical concerto form in the Italianate style: recurring ritornellos in tutti alternate with solo sections. The harpsichord, which also has a continuo function in the tutti passages, is accompanied by two violins, viola and basso. Our edition with a detailed introduction by Michael O'Loghlin contains the harpsichord part twice: once with and once without continuo realisation.

Errata / Addenda