Today we propose the opening movement from a sonata for violin and basso continuo in D major, HWV 371, composed by George Frideric Handel around 1750. Handel's manuscript bears the indication “afetuoso”, a misspelling of the Italian affettuoso meaning “affectionate” or “tender”.
The first appearance of this jig is, without a title, in George Petrie's Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, published between 1855 and 1882. The title “The Humors of Trim” is first found in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. Nowadays the tune is often referred to as “The Rolling Waves”, a name that is however shared by multiple traditional melodies.
Today we propose an easy study in 6/8 time by British flutist and composer John Clinton. It was first published in London in 1843, as part of his A Theoretical and Practical Essay on the Boehm Flute.
This gigue is the fourth and final movement of a sonata for 3 flutes in B minor by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. It was first published in Paris in 1725.
This minuet is the fourth and final movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in D major for flute and continuo, QV 1: Anh. 15a. As the “Anh.” (“Anhang”, German for annex) in the opus number suggests, the attribution of this sonata to Quantz is questioned by scholars.
Today's tune is taken from a collection kindly donated to us by piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This fast jig was composed by his son, Rory, who recorded it on his 1996 album Magaid A Phipír (The Pipers Whim). You can listen to the author playing it here.
Today's piece is the twenty-fourth study from 48 Études pour hautbois ou saxophone, composed around 1835 by German oboist and clarinetist Franz Wilhelm Ferling.