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Benda - Grave for cello and piano

Benda - Dushkin - Grave for cello and piano. You can download the PDF sheet music Benda-Dushkin - Grave – for cello and piano on this page. In the 1770s Georg Benda also wrote the majority of his most important works. Each simply contains the strings and harpsichord part. It is fair to assume that the harpsichord was accompanied only by a string quartet and not an orchestra. It is therefore a certain form of piano or harpsichord quintet rather than piano concerto like those of Mozart. Benda was a prolific composer, chiefly of instrumental music, and left a violin concerto. His brother Johann Georg had first joined the musical establishment of the Prussian Crown Prince as a viola-player, later serving as a violinist.

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J.Benda Biography
Jiří Antonín Benda, (1722 – 1795), was a Czech composer, violinist and Kapellmeister of the classical period. Born in Old Benatek, Bohemia, he studied at the Piarist Gymnasium (grammar school) in Kosmanos and at the Jesuit Gymnasium in Gitschin from 1735 to 1742. Benda was 19 when Frederick the Great bestowed upon him in 1741 the position of second violinist in the chapel of Berlin. The following year Benda was summoned to Potsdam as a composer and arranger for his older brother Franz, himself an illustrious composer and violinist. Seven years later, in 1749, he entered the service of the Duke of Gotha as Kapellmeister, where he constantly cultivated his talents for composition, specializing in religious music.
A stipend from the duke allowed Benda to take a study trip to Italy in 1764. He returned to Gotha in 1766, and devoted himself to composition. In all, he wrote about ten operas, several operettas, and the melodramas Ariadne auf Naxos, Medea and Almansor und Nadine. In 1778 he resigned his position and visited Hamburg, Vienna, and other cities, and finally settled at the little hamlet of Köstritz.
Benda's most important contribution lies in the development of the German melodramas, a form of musical stage entertainment which influenced Mozart.
In 1774, the Swiss-born director Abel Seyler's theatrical company arrived in Gotha, and Seyler commissioned Benda to write several successful melodramas, including Ariadne auf Naxos, Medea and Pygmalion. Ariadne auf Naxos is generally considered his best work. At its debut in 1775, the opera received enthusiastic reviews in Germany and afterwards, in the whole of Europe, with music critics calling attention to its originality, sweetness, and ingenious execution. Besides that he wrote many instrumental pieces including many sinfonias, keyboard sonatas, keyboard concertos, violin concertos and a smaller number of trio sonatas, violin sonatas and flute sonatas. Benda also wrote music for masonic rituals.
Benda died in Köstritz, in Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, at the age of 73, leaving his son, Friedrich Ludwig Benda (1752–1796), who briefly carried on the family musical tradition, serving as a music director in Hamburg and later in Mecklenburg, before finally becoming the concertmaster in Königsberg. He died less than a year after his father.
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