Personalities | Johann Joachim Quantz | Late Baroque | Classical

(Yo’-han Yo-a’-khem Kvants) 1697–1773
German composer and flautist

After training in Merseburg, Quantz went to Dresden and Vienna, where he studied with Fux and Zelenka (1716). Further travels took him to Prague, Rome, Paris and London, where he met Handel. In 1727 he became a member of the Dresden court. In the following year he gave flute lessons to Prussian crown prince Frederick (‘the Great’) during a visit to Berlin. This encounter determined the remaining course of Quantz’s life, and in 1741 he became Frederick’s court composer, flautist and director of chamber music. Quantz was a prolific composer of sonatas and concertos for the flute and the author of a treatise Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversière zu spielen (‘On Playing the Flute’, 1752), whose content sheds important light on late-Baroque performance practice.

Recommended Recording:
Flute Concertos, Rachel Brown, Brandenburg Consort (dir) Roy Goodman (Hyperion)

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