Duo for Oboe and Bassoon
arranged from the cantata Héraclite et Démocrite
for oboe, bassoon and continuo
The duet cantata, Héraclite et Démocrite, from which this duo has been taken is a relatively long work, with 5 Recits and 6 Airs, all of them da capo. The pessimism and optimism of the two allegorical characters provide wonderfully contrasting material, which are skillfully interwoven, as here, in the Duo sections. The characters of Héraclite and Démocrite make the assignment of the oboe and bassoon to their parts in this duo particularly appropriate. This duo is a faithful transcription of the Duo in the original cantata Héraclite et Démocrite, which is also published by Green Man Press (cat. ref. Stu 1).