Pleyel: Duos for Violin and Cello, Op. 16, No. 4 in G Major, No. 5 in A Major and No. 6 in B-flat Major
Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) was a prolific composer, businessman and piano builder. He was born in Austria and studied with Haydn in Vienna. Pleyel was in Strasbourg, France from 1783 to 1795 where he wrote most of his music, both sacred and secular. In 1797 he established Maison Pleyel, an important music publishing house for nearly 40 years. Pleyel’s music was wildly popular in his time but almost completely forgotten today.
These two movement duos were composed ca. 1788, and no fewer than 4 editions were published between 1788 and 1807. My new editions were done directly from the J. Schmitt edition of 1788-91, facsimiles of which are included.
All first movements are sonata form, and that of No. 5 is unusually marked Adagio. Nos. 4 and 5 second movements are Rondos; No. 6 second movement is a Menuet and Trio.
All parts are of intermediate difficulty, with the cello parts occasionally in tenor and treble clefs.