Sunday 16 January 2011
Tune of the Day: Allegro by J.S. Bach
from Flute Sonata No. 6 in E major
This Allegro is the second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata for flute and continuo in E major. It is a rigaudon, a cheerful and quick Baroque dance in duple meter.
Many passages of this movement challenge the flutist's breath control. It is also to be said that the key of E major presents many fingering challenges on the Baroque wooden flute, so this sonata was probably beyond the skills of most of the flutists known to have been in Bach's circle.
Thanks to Renata from Brazil for suggesting this movement!