Recorded on 02/08/2008, uploaded on 08/24/2010
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Transcription of George Frideric Handel's Violin Sonata in F major, op. 1, no. 12
The twelve sonatas of Handel’s opus 1 were composed between
1711 and 1726. They were published in 1732 by John Walsh with the title Solos for a German Flute a Hoboy or Violin
with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Bass Violin Compos'd by Mr. Handel.
Later in 1872, Friedrich Chrysander republished the works and appended three of
Handel’s other sonatas not included in Walsh’s edition. Though missing from the
title, the collection also contains sonatas for recorder as well.
The Sonata in F major is the twelfth (and last sonata of
Walsh’s edition) of Handel’s opus 1. Modern scholars, however, question whether
it was really composed by Handel and it is often labeled as “spurious.”
It is in four movements arranged according to the sonata di chiesa (slow-fast-slow-fast)
form. The first movement is a largo,
beginning with a sustained melody that quickly unfolds into graceful
sixteenth-note figurations. The energetic allegro
second movement opens with a simple melody of eight measures. A contrasting
middle section follows and the opening theme returns at the close of the
movement. Another largo movement
comes next, though of an entirely different character. It is set in the
mournful key of D minor and a weighty 3/2 meter. The final movement, back in
the tonic key of F major, is a lively gigue. Joseph DuBose
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