The Enlightened Despot, Frederick the Great (1712-1786), was an avid flautist, and, according to Charles Burney (famed 18th century English music historian) '...his performance surpassed, in many particulars, any thing that I had heard among dilettanti, or even professors.' Indeed, Frederick frequently performed in the royal musical soirées which took place in the elegant and intimate music room, to a select and chosen few.

Frederick considered it as necessary to be personally involved with the arts as he was with a military campaign. Thus, Frederick's flute went on campaign with him as aid to relaxation together with the invaluable collapsible harpsichord which folded into three parts to assist with the traveling.

Rachel Beckett - traverso
Penelope Spencer - violin
Abbey Wall - cello
Silas Standage - harpsichord

Concert Programme

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)
Triosonata in D major Wq. 151 (1731)

Frederick the Great (1712 - 1786)
Flute sonata (before 1756)

C.P.E. Bach
Duo for Flute and Violin Wq. 140 (1770)

C.P.E. Bach
Sonata for harpsichord and violin in C major Wq. 73 (1745)

Johann Gottlieb Graun (1702 - 1771)
Triosonata in G major

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