Suite ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

Composer: G.P. Teleman
Code: RMD1105
Arranger: David Heyes

Jonathan Swift published his ‘Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts’ in 1726, popularly known as ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, and two years later Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) composed his colourful and inventive suite for 2 violins.

It was published in Die getreue Musik-Meister (The Steadfast Music Teacher) in monthly instalments, one movement at a time to maintain the interest and magazine revenue and it quickly became an instant hit and one of the most inventive violin duos of the Baroque age. Its five short movements are descriptive and ingenious with challenges for both performers and scope to demonstrate far more than simply technique alone.

This new edition for 2 double basses was made by David Heyes in 2014 and its new key, alongside a few judicious edits, creates an exciting and charming work of great colour and inventiveness which offers much to players and audiences alike.