Oboe Concerto No. 3 (Handel)

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The Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor (HWV 287) was composed by George Frideric Handel for oboe, orchestra and basso continuo, possibly in 1704-1705,[1] when he was still in Hamburg. The work is also referred to as "Oboe concerto No. 3". It was first published in Leipzig in 1863 (from unknown sources) in which it was described as a work from 1703. No other source for the work is known. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxi,100; and HHA iv/12,3.[2]

A typical performance of the work takes almost ten minutes.


The work consists of four movements:

Movement Type Notes
1 Grave A characteristically dotted rhythm in French style.
2 Allegro
3 Largo A sarabande.
4 Allegro Thematically derived from the first movement.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blair Johnston, Oboe Concerto in G minor (No.3), HWV 287 (possibly spurious)
  2. ^ Hicks, Anthony (2001). Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. x (2 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 797. 

Note: the Grove 2001 edition incorrectly marks this concerto as HWV 303.