Sheet Music: Adagio

from Flute Sonata in G major
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b, Mvmt. 1
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo36 BPM
Performance time1:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-01-01
Last updated2011-01-01
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Baroque, Sonatas, Written for Flute


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Saturday 1 January 2011

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Handel

from Flute Sonata in G major

Handel composed his Sonata in G major for Flute and Harpsichord (HWV 363b) circa 1711–16. Some editions indicate that the work is for recorder, but the sonata was actually originally composed as an oboe sonata in F major (HWV 363a).

The sonata begins with an Adagio that is derived from an aria in Handel's opera Rinaldo. Over a stately harpsichord accompaniment, the flute delivers a long-lined melody punctuated by brief sighing phrases.

Thanks to Kimberly for suggesting this piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Adagio Flute & Piano
2.Allegro Flute & Piano
3.Adagio Flute & Piano
4.Bourrée Flute & Piano
5.Menuetto Flute & Piano