Tune of the Day: Adagio by Handel
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!