Notes from the Arranger
Albrechtsberger’s compositional work focused mainly on church music, although he also wrote free organ concertos, a number of string quartet fugues, as well as some symphonies, solo concertos, and chamber music. There are two known musical works of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger for harp: the Harp Concerto in C major, 1773, and the buoyant Partita in C major, 1772, for flute, harp, and basso continuo. As these two pieces of music were written with a temporal distance of one year, one could assume that his Partita inspired Albrechtsberger to compose the Harp Concerto one year later. The Harp Concerto has given rise to the idea to add a string accompaniment to this tuneful Partita in C major for flute und basso continuo, namely a concerto for flute and harp in three movements. The Minuet has not been included. The parts for flute, harp, and basso continuo have been adopted from the original and are comprised in the string parts, while the harp harmonies have been copied as well. A cadenza has been appended for the first and second movement. The music is not challenging, and the solo parts may even be sightread by advanced players. This concerto for flute and harp constitutes a good counterpart to Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto.