Handel Viola Concerto was a brilliant invention. Handel might Casadesus was a French composer, viola and viola d’amore player and publisher. With his. Home · Sheet Music · Viola · w/Piano; Handel, George Frideric – Concerto in B minor – Viola and Piano – edited by Henri Casadesus – Editions Durand. : Handel-Casadesus: Viola Concerto in B Minor (): George Frideric Handel: Books.

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Handel’s Viola Concerto is a quite popular work among viola players, some like it, others hate it. Unfortunately, it is also often considered only as “study material” hadnel therefore ill-treated and not made really enjoyable. Georg Friederich Handel was born inthe same year as Bach and four years after Telemann.

Indeed, in some of his operas he gave the violas an important role and composed some arias with solo viola accompaniment. This concerto was composed about years after Handel’s time, by Henri Casadesus Casadesus was a French composer, viola and viola d’amore player and publisher. With his family he had formed a Society of Ancient Instruments and, in addition to rediscovering music by old masters, he composed some new ones.

Henri Casadesus

He did what also Fritz Kreisler did with the violin, composing a lot of works and passing them off as little-known works by Baroque composers. However, for some reason, Casadesus’ works, unlike Kreisler’s, are usually less known and belittled, instead of being considered as some original, clever compositions.


Maybe is it because he played the viola and composed for viola? Anyway, I think it was a brilliant invention, it is a nice compostition “in Baroque style”. The concerto is in three movements, Allegro moderatoAndanteAllegro molto. Here you can hear the viola concerto, played by William Primrose.

Henri Casadesus – Wikipedia

I chose this recording because I find it more lively and interesting than others. I also like that Primrose plays embellishements, some little trills here and there. It is very energetic and it is quite jolly even though the concerto is in a minor key. This concerto reminds me of Bach’s orchestral Suite n. In this Handel’s concerto you can hear the solo viola often play softly, pianoaccompanied by flute and basson. The solo viola and the orchestra are balanced, the viola is not overwhelmed by the orchestra.

I think this work is an concertl addition to the “Baroque” viola repertoire, very enjoyable for both viola players and for listeners. It is suitable for players of intermediate level.

Viola Concerto in the Style of Handel (Casadesus, Henri)

If you wish to play Handel’s viola concerto, you don’t have the problem of which edition to choose. There is only one edition of Handel’s viola concerto, because the concerto is not in the public domain. From here you can buy all the sheet music necessary, with viola and piano parts as well as orchestra score and parts. Click on the pictures, you’ll go to a page where you’ll be able to see a larger preview of the viola hahdel part for all the movements.


And then, if you want to enjoy the company of Handel you can buy a poster with his portrait, for your home, school or office.

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