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. 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.