|Above left: Friedrich the Great on the Flute performing with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on the Harpsichord and Frantisek Benda on the Violin; Right: Quantz|
Johann Joachim Quantz, 1697-1773, prodigious composer of flute music, came to the Prussian court to instruct the young Crown Prince Friedrich in 1728, and he remained there the rest of his life, composing over 200 flute sonatas and 300 flute concertos, plus trio sonatas and vocal music; Quantz is best known for his exhaustive manual on flute playing. He and Friedrich worked on music together and played together ceaselessly. Quantz was also a master flute maker. There was a magnificent collection of his flutes in the Hohenzollern Museum until it was looted by the Red Army at the end of World War Two. The flutes ended up in Russia damaged, fragmented and without cases. Only two flutes were returned to Germany, in 1958.