Sheet Music: Adagio

from Flute Sonata in G major
Opus numberOp. 1, No. 5, HWV 363b, Mvmt. 3
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyE minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-02-27
Last updated2011-02-27
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Sunday 27 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Handel

from Flute Sonata in G major

Handel's Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 1 No. 5, features two Adagios as movements one and three. We already had the first movement, and here is the third one.

This adagio, which is the only movement in the sonata to be set in a minor mode (E minor), begins with a falling, stepwise figure in the bass, whereupon the flute develops a broader, pensive melody that allows for generous ornamentation. The movement is very similar to the second Larghetto of Handel's Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1 No. 7.

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