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Talestri, Queen of the Amazons had its premiere in 1760 with the composer prominent in the cast. It was published at the time, and reached the stage in other cities.
Overture: 1. Allegro. 2. Andantino. 3. Allegro
2 ob, 2 hn, strings. 10 mins
The Overture consist of three miniature symphonic movements, which are vigourous and concise. Hints of a large-scale scheme after the opening flourish soon disappear as the music sweeps precipitately into the next key; the middle part of the movement is equally telescoped. The Andantino relaxes more with a subtle, expressive second theme, and the Finale dances along in energetic fashion. The music was much appreciated when my orchestra, the Ambache, gave the UK premiere in 1995.
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