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!