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Sonata in A major

Bodleian Library, MSS Mus.Sch.D.251, E.400-4; British Library, R.M.20.h.9; British Library, Add.MS33236

John Blow’s Sonata in A major is perhaps one of the first English works with that title. A broad and lovely opening movement is followed by a gracious largo which shares a melody with Blow’s anthem, ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’. The concluding Brisk is drawn to a close by an arresting slow coda full of wonderful perplexing dissonances.

from notes by William Carter © 2016


An excess of pleasure
BKD010Download only
Blow: Awake my lyre
CDA66658Archive Service


Track 4 on CDA66658 [5'57] Archive Service
Movement 1: Slow
Track 10 on BKD010 [3'05] Download only
Movement 2: [untitled]
Track 11 on BKD010 [1'07] Download only
Movement 3: Brisk
Track 12 on BKD010 [2'16] Download only

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