Sheet Music: Andante

from Sonata No. 1 in B minor for flute and harpsichord
Opus numberBWV 1030, Mvmt. 1
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyB minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo68 BPM
Performance time7:00
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-05-27
Last updated2010-05-27
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Thursday 27 May 2010

Tune of the Day: Andante

from J.S. Bach's Flute Sonata in B minor

Although most of the flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach pose questions of authenticity, the B-minor sonata BWV 1030 is undoubtedly his own work. There is even a manuscript with his own signature, which leaves little room for doubt. This flute sonata is one of two (the other being BWV 1032) in which the harpsichord part is fully composed. This differs from the past style of continuo, which left the keyboard player plenty of room for his/her own ornamentation. Given this, the harpsichordist acts as an equal partner to the solo flute and shares the melodic material.

The first movement of the sonata, marked “Andante”, is the most distinctive. Its free ritornello (an Italian term indicating a short recurring passage) form encourages stimulating interplay between the flute and harpsichord. Find here the other two movements of the sonata: Largo e dolce, Presto.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Andante Flute & Piano
2.Largo e dolce Flute & Piano
3.Presto Flute & Piano