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Chicago Quartet #1 (After Telemann)

Telemann wrote two sets of Nouveau Quatuors en Six Suitea à une Flute Traversiere. un Violon, un Basse du Viole, où Violoncel, et Basse Continuë during a year spent in Paris in 1737-8. He assembled an ensemble of French musicians to play these compositions; what we might now call a super-group of the leading virtuoso performers of the time.

'If only words were enough to describe the wonderful way in which the quartets were played by Herr Blavet (flute), Forcroy [Forqueray] the son (viola da gamba), and Edouard (cello)'', Telemann recalled in the following year, ''Suffice it to say they caught the attention of Court and city in a big way, and almost at once earned for me almost universal respect accompanied by boundless courtesy''.

Telemann no doubt played the continuo part from figures beneath the basso, the common practice of the time.

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