Sheet Music: Presto

from Flute Sonata No. 1a in E minor
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 1a, HWV 379, Mvmt. 5
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyE minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-12-20
Last updated2009-12-20
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Sunday 20 December 2009

Tune of the Day: Presto

from Flute Sonata in E minor by G.F. Handel

Composed circa 1720, this E minor sonata (HWV 379) is Handel's own compilation of movements taken from three other solo sonatas. Confusingly, this extra sonata has sometimes been numbered Op. 1, no. 1a, when in fact it never appeared in Opus 1.

Of the eleven flute sonatas that are traditionally attributed to Handel, this is the only one that appears to have been genuinely intended for the flute, since it is the only one that survives in that form in Handel's own manuscript. Uniquely among Handel's solo sonatas, it falls into five rather than four movements.

The concluding Presto we present today lets the flute sing over a jogging bass line; this, like the second movement (Andante), originated in the Recorder Sonata in G minor (HWV 360, Op.1, No. 2).

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Larghetto Flute & bass
2.Andante Flute & bass
3.Largo Flute & bass
4.Allegro Flute & bass
5.Presto Flute & bass