Oboe Concerto No. 2 (Handel)

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The Oboe Concerto No. 2 in B flat major (HWV 302a) was composed by George Frideric Handel for oboe, orchestra and basso continuo. The work is also referred to as "Concerto grosso No. 9".[citation needed] It was first published in the fourth volume of Select Harmony by Walsh in 1740. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxi,91; and HHA iv/12,47.[1]

The concerto borrows extensively from the overtures to the Chandos anthems O come, let us sing unto the Lord (HWV 249b) and I will magnify thee (HWV 250a)—which were combined and transposed for the work. It has been suggested that the work was arranged by Handel for the Dutch oboist Jean Christian Kytch.

A typical performance of the work takes almost nine minutes.


The work consists of four movements:

Movement Type Notes
1 Vivace
2 Allegro A fugue.
3 Andante
4 Allegro In triple time.

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  1. ^ Hicks, Anthony (2001). Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. x (2 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 797.