Sheet Music: Larghetto

from Recorder Sonata in A minor
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 4, HWV 362, Mvmt. 1
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyA minor
Time signature9/8
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time2:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-01-13
Last updated2010-01-13
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Wednesday 13 January 2010

Tune of the Day: Larghetto

from Sonata in A minor by George Frideric Handel

The original sonatas for recorder of G.F. Handel belong to the standard repertoire for each flute player. The Recorder Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, No. 4, HWV 362, is one of the relatively few Opus 1 pieces that exist in just one version: many of the other sonatas are known under a number of different forms, which often causes great confusion.

About this sonata and its opening Larghetto, recorder player Pamela Thorby declared: “The A minor sonata is the most overtly dramatic of the six recorder sonatas. Imagine if you will the first movement as the tortured agonies of a would-be heroine as she laments upon the deceit of her lover. She weeps, the dotted bass line signifying the beat of a heavy and exhausted heart.” (Handel Recorder Sonatas on LINN Records, Pamela Thorby, recorder and Richard Egarr, harpsichord.)

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Larghetto Flute & Piano
2.Allegro Flute & bass
3.Adagio Flute & Piano
4.Allegro Flute & bass