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Largo 1 (Sonata 11 Op. 2)

(Benedetto Marcello)

This is a movement from Sonata Nr. 11 in A minor for solo instrument and basso continuo by Benedetto Marcello (1686 - 1739) in an arrangement for flute and guitar.

Benedetto belonged to a musical Venetian noble family, one of his brothers was composer, the other religious poet. At the insistence of his father he did not endeavour music alone, he combined music with the profession of jurist. As a composer he is best known for a collection of psalms in part-singing with accompaniment of an instrumental ensemble.

Despite the slow tempo, the Largo is not particularly easy for the guitar. The trick is careful preparation of the stretches, if necessary a painful note can be omitted.