Tuesday 21 December 2010
Tune of the Day: Allegro by J.S. Bach
From Flute Sonata No.2 in E-flat major
The third and last movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's second Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord is a fast Allegro in 3/8 time. In this final movement, which is in AABB form, the harpsichord becomes a far more equal partner of the flute, even if the keyboard writing always remains fairly complementary to the flute part.
Even if no copy of Sonata No. 2 has survived in Bach's hand, the touches of counterpoint present in this movement have moved even the most doubtful musicologists to concede that this may, after all, be the work of J.S. Bach.