Recorded on 06/26/2007, uploaded on 01/20/2009
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The Sonata in E major for Flute and Basso Continuo was
composed in 1741 just prior to a trip the elder Bach made to Potsdam to visit
his son Carl Philipp Emanuel who had taken the position of harpsichordist to
the Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, also a flutist and later Frederick the
Great. Like the E minor and C major sonatas before it, it is written with a basso continuo accompaniment in place of
an obbligato keyboard part. Typically,
the basso continuo is performed by a
harpsichord and another instrument capable of sustaining the bass line, in most
cases a string instrument such as a cello or viola da gamba, but a bassoon is
The sonata is constructed in the Baroque sonata di chiesa (“church sonata”)
format, that is, a slow-fast-slow-fast order of movements. The opening Adagio is surprisingly brief, occupying
a mere twenty measures. The ornate melodic line of the flute lends to the
movement the character of a prelude, with the purpose of introducing the other
movements. An Allegro movement in
duple meter follows. Beginning with a sprightly melody, the flute persists
throughout the movement in almost constant sixteenth-note figurations. The
third movement is a siciliano, a
Baroque dance in compound meter and often emphasizing dotted rhythms. Set in
the key of C-sharp minor, the relative minor of E, this movement begins with
five bars of canonic imitation between the flute and bass. Though the canon
does not extend any further, imitations between the two instruments occur
throughout the movement. The final movement is marked Allegro assai (“Very fast”) and abounds in rapid figurations and
trills, bringing the sonata to an energetic close. Joseph DuBose
Bach's 1741 Sonata
in E Major, BWV 1035, for flute and continuo was written for King
Frederick the Great's chamberlain Michael Gabriel Fredersdorf who, like the
king, was an accomplished flutist.
Written in four movements, the Sonata begins with a slow Adagio,
followed by a spirited Allegro, an expressive Siciliano dance movement, and a
final Allegro. Catherine Ramirez
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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