Sheet Music: Corrente

from Partita in A minor for solo flute
Alternate titlesCourante
Opus numberBWV 1013, Mvmt. 2
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time3:30
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-05-05
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Baroque, Courantes, Written for Flute


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Wednesday 5 May 2010

Tune of the Day: Corrente

from J.S. Bach's Partita in A minor for solo flute

This courante (or, to follow the Italian spelling used by Bach, “Corrente”) constitutes the second movement of the famous Partita in A minor for solo flute. It is a courante of the livelier Italian-derived variety, relatively quick-tempoed and in simple triple meter. Also true to tradition are the asymmetrical dimensions of the movement's two “halves”: twenty-two bars, forty-one bars.

Truly striking is the unexpected high D-sharp that the flute hollers out near the end of the first part and then leaves without ever resolving in the same register, forcing us to be content with an E-natural in the octave below.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Allemande Flute solo
2.Corrente Flute solo
3.Sarabande Flute solo
4.Bourrée anglaise Flute solo