The “Six Duos concertans”, which are today known under the opus number 23, feature wonderful instrumental music by Ignaz Pleyel. In contrast to other works to which the composer assigned the attribute “easy”, the pieces from op. 23 are designated “concertante”. They are indeed more demanding in terms of execution, but at the same time appealing works from the quill of the then extremely popular Pleyel, works that are eminently usable in music lessons and recitals. The uniformly two-movement compositions bring together great melodic richness and eclectic forms in their colourful mixture of sonata movements, rondos, minuets and variations. Like all Urtext editions of instrumental music from Henle, this edition is also comfortably equipped: an unmarked performance score is supplemented by two enclosed parts whose markings stem from Evelyne Grüb-Trauer’s many years of teaching experience. The first Urtext edition of these popular duets!
- Six Duets op. 23
In around 1800, Ignaz Pleyel (1757 – 1831) was one of the most popular composers in Western Europe – a fact that seems astonishing to us today. Throughout the 1780s and ’90s, his works were disseminated in innumerable printed editions and manuscripts, even crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America. Pleyel was born near Vienna and studied with Joseph Haydn in … more
About the composer
A composer, piano builder, and music publisher. With his 41 symphonies, around 80 string quartets, six symphonies concertantes, piano trios, and two operas (among other works) he left behind an extensive oeuvre. During his lifetime he made a name for himself as a music publisher, while the innovative instruments of the Pleyel piano manufacturing company were valued by figures such as Chopin and Rossini.
|1757||Born in Ruppersthal near Vienna on June 18. He received his earliest musical education in Vienna from Johann Baptist Vanhal.|
|around 1772||Count Ladislaus Erdődy provides financial patronage for five years of study with Joseph Haydn, as well as for lodging in Haydn’s home. An amicable relationship develops between Haydn and Pleyel.|
|around 1780||He tours through Italy. For King Ferdinand IV of Naples he composes works for lira organizzata.|
|1785||On May 30, his opera “Ifigenia in Aulide” is premiered at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He becomes music director at Strasbourg Cathedral.|
|1787–95||Most of his works are composed in Strasbourg. With the music director of the Temple Neuf, Johann Philipp Schönfeld, he inaugurates the Concerts Pleyel-Schönfeld.|
|1791–92||Following the invitation of Wilhelm Cramer to go to London, he becomes director of the Professional Concerts there. This enables performance of twelve of his own symphonies.|
|after 1796||He founds a music publishing house in Paris with his brother-in-law Jean-Daniel Schäffer, and publishes some 4,000 works by important contemporaries such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, and Muzio Clementi.|
|1807||He founds the piano manufacturer Pleyel et Cie.|
|1824||His son Camille takes over the company.|
|1831||Dies in Paris on November 14.|