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Duets 4-6 from 12 oboe duets - Twelve duets by Mozart, KV 487

These approachable duets are an excellent introduction to the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). He composed them in Vienna in 1786 for "horn," possibly basset horn. The twelve duets are in the order Allegro, Menuetto, Andante, Polonaise, Larghetto, Menuetto, Adagio, Allegro, Menuetto, Andante, Menuetto, and Allegro. The duets provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy the music of the Classical period. All dynamics in parentheses are my editorial suggestions; the other dynamics are as indicated in the original. I have compressed the range in some places. I have transposed the entire piece from the original keys proportionally, in order to maintain the important tonic-dominant relationships of the overall key structure. Historical performance note: For the movements marked "menuetto," play the menuetto section as written, then the trio section as written, then end by playing the menuetto once more without repeats.

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