Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) was based in Hamburg, Germany, where he was well-known as a composer of opera. This previously unpublished Trio Sonata for flute, violin and continuo in four movements possibly dates from around 1718 when Keiser left Hamburg to seek other employment, going to Thuringia and then Stuttgart (The Hamburg Opera being by this time defunct). The source material consisted of a poorly transcribed copy made presumably from the original manuscript in the 1970s, and this only gave the two upper parts and the bass line with occasional bass figuration. To this score I have realised a continuo part, amended certain obvious inaccuracies in the individual parts, and added dynamic and performance directions where appropriate. If anyone should have any criticism of my edition, or any further information on this, or any similar works by Keiser I would be happy to hear from you.

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