February 2, 2009
Just in time for Valentine's Day! This Quartetto D'Amore has a part that can be played by either the Oboe d'Amore or the Viola d'Amore, but the piece can also be played in other configurations. The Viola d'Amore part can be played by a regular viola, and, though it does lie rather low, it can be played on regular oboe. In addition, the flute part can be played by a violin, and the piece can even be played as a conventional string quartet (see the post below or go here for a more string quartet-friendly version of the second movement).
A downloadable PDF is available here, and you can listen to the piece in the Viola d'Amore version here for the first movement, and here for the second movement. You can listen to the Oboe d'Amore version here for the first movement, and here for the second movement.
Here's a performance of the second movement, Oseh Shalom, performed by the Camerata del Ré on baroque instruments: