Sheet Music: Sonatina

from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
Alternate titlesActus Tragicus
Opus numberBWV 106
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationTwo Flutes and Piano
KeyA major
Time signature4/4
Tempo30 BPM
Performance time2:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2015-06-27
Last updated2015-06-27
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Baroque, Funeral music


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Saturday 27 June 2015

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

from “Actus Tragicus”, transcribed for two flutes and piano

Bach was probably only 22 years old when he composed this Sonatina, in which two alto recorders mournfully echo each other over a sonorous background. The piece is the opening movement of the sacred cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, also known as Actus Tragicus. Composed for a funeral, this cantata ranks among Bach's most important works, and musicologist Alfred Dürr even called it “a work of genius such as even great masters seldom achieve”.

Thanks to Marcello for suggesting this piece!