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Johann Joachim Quantz 1697-1773


German source for most of what we know today about French performance practice, particularly the French overture style, Quantz is remembered also as the flute teacher of Frederick the Great. Student of Fux, Gasparini, and Zelenka, Quantz began his career as member of the Dresden orchestra in 1716. Two years later he became member of the royal Polish orchestra. In 1728 Quantz began instructing crown prince Frederick. When the latter ascended to the throne of Prussia, Quantz was appointed Hofmusicus and composer to the king. Quantz wrote mainly concerti for flute; he is also remembered for his Versuch einer Anweisung, die Flöte traversière zu spielen (1751), an important commentary on technique, ornamentation, and performance practice.

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