Sheet Music: Grave

from Flute Sonata No. 1b in E minor
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 1b, HWV 359b, Mvmt. 1
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyE minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo34 BPM
Performance time2:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-10-11
Last updated2010-10-11
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Baroque, Sonatas, Written for Flute


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Monday 11 October 2010

Tune of the Day: Grave by Handel

from Flute Sonata in E minor

“Grave” is an Italian adjective which could mean “heavy”, or “severe”; when used as a tempo indication, it directs to play at an extremely slow and solemn pace.

This particular movement is the first of Handel's Sonata in E minor for flute, Op. 1, No. 1b. This work should not be confused with the other flute sonata E minor, No. 1a, which is actually a compilation of Handel's favorite movements from his sonatas. The sonata we are presenting today, instead, was originally written in D minor for the violin, and subsequently transcribed by the composer himself for the Baroque flute.

The rhythm of this piece may look a bit complex at first glance; you must remember, however, that this is meant to be played very slowly. After having listened to the recording, you will see that it is not that difficult after all.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Grave Flute & Piano
2.Allegro Flute & Piano
3.Adagio Flute & Piano
4.Allegro Flute & Piano