Tuesday 28 December 2010
Tune of the Day: Poco adagio by C.P.E. Bach
from Flute Sonata in A minor
Published in 1763, the Sonata for Solo Flute in A minor is among Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's finest works for flute.
The dignity and grace of its first movement, in particular, displays the inspired craftsmanship found in J.S. Bach's (i.e. the composer's father's) own works for solo instruments, such as the violin partitas and sonatas. The embellishment of the melodic line is natural, and its elaborate development unforced. In places a competent player can give an impression of polyphony with two, or even three, interweaving voices.
Thanks to John for suggesting this piece!