Sheet Music: Adagio

from Violin Sonata No. 1
Opus numberBWV 1001, Mvmt. 1
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo40 BPM
Performance time4:10
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2011-09-26
Last updated2015-03-02
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Monday 26 September 2011

Tune of the Day: Adagio by J.S. Bach

from Sonata in G minor for solo violin, transcribed for solo flute

The Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, is probably the most frequently played of Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Solos for violin without accompaniment, all composed in 1720. The Adagio that opens this sonata is a wildly embellished progression of harmonies. All the embellishments were written out quite carefully by the composer, resulting in a work that might sound improvised but is most definitely not.

Thanks to Gabriel for suggesting this piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

3.Siciliano Flute solo
4.Presto Flute solo