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Sheet Music: Giga

TitleGiga
from Recorder Sonata in F major
Alternate titlesGigue
Allegro
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 11, HWV 369, Mvmt. 4
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyF major
RangeA4–D6
Time signature12/8
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time2:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-11-13
Last updated2009-11-13
CategoriesBaroque, Dance tunes, Jigs, Sonatas

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Friday 13 November 2009

Tune of the Day: Giga

from Sonata in F major by George Frideric Handel

Of the 15 or so sonatas for solo instrument and basso continuo composed by Handel that have at various times been lumped together under the title Opus 1, a full third were originally composed for the recorder. In fact, only the violin is more fully represented in the Opus 1 collection. However, each of the five recorder sonatas from Opus 1 is undoubtedly the product of Handel's pen, whereas a handful of the violin sonatas may well be spurious. They are all splendid examples of Handel's youthful craftsmanship, probably composed before the composer moved to England in 1710.

The fourth and final movement of the recorder sonata in F major, this Gigue is a joyous and infectious reworking of one of Handel's favorite instrumental themes. This kind of piece, also known under the Italian spelling Giga, is to be thought as the music to the lively baroque dance of the same name, which originates from the British jig.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Larghetto Flute & Piano
2.Allegro Flute & Piano
3.Siciliana Flute & Piano