Sheet Music: Adagio ma non tanto

TitleAdagio ma non tanto
from Sonata No. 6 in E major for flute and continuo
Opus numberBWV 1035, Mvmt. 1
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyE major
RangeE4–E6
Time signature4/4
Tempo36 BPM
Performance time2:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-02-16
Last updated2011-02-16
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Baroque, Sonatas, Written for Flute

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Wednesday 16 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Adagio ma non tanto, by J.S. Bach

from Flute Sonata in E major

In his sixth Sonata for flute and continuo, Johann Sebastian Bach adopts the four-movement, slow-fast-slow-fast structure typical of the sonata da chiesa (litearally “church sonata”, although this work was not intended to be played in a church) in which the individual movements are usually given tempo designations rather than dance titles.

The opening movement, marked “Adagio ma non tanto” (“slow but not much”, just like the first movement of Flute Sonata No. 5), is a stately, placid piece. The main melody stretches in long, gentle arcs, then wanders freely around the staff, taking time for occasional, modest trills. This is succeeded by an even freer section in which the melody follows the same basic contours but flirts with the minor mode, giving short moments of darkness.

Other Movements from the same Work

2.Allegro Flute & Piano
3.Siciliano Flute & Piano
4.Allegro assai Flute & Piano