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Sonata in A major

composer
? circa 1680; Bodleian Library, MSS Mus.Sch.D.251, E.400-4; British Library, R.M.20.h.9; British Library, Add.MS33236

 
Blow composed only a solitary trio sonata (unless we count the G minor Ground). In the Sonata in A major, perhaps surprisingly, he eschewed the dazzling contrapuntal fireworks of examples by Purcell—nearly two dozen masterpieces all told—in favour of a more relaxed and, in places, markedly lyrical style. The main theme of the triple-time central movement, for instance, bears a striking resemblance to the wonderful melody that occurs at the corresponding point in the opening symphony of Blow’s symphony anthem The Lord is my shepherd, composed by 1677. But the trio sonata probably dates from two or three years later, when Purcell (emulating, as he put it, ‘the most fam’d Italian masters’) began exploring the enormous potential of this genre—the quintessence of instrumental chamber music in the period, much as was the string quartet a century later.

from notes by Bruce Wood © 2017

Recordings

Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell & other works
CDA6814929 September 2017 Release
An excess of pleasure
BKD010Download only
Blow: Awake my lyre
CDA66658Archive Service

Details

Track 4 on CDA66658 [5'57] Archive Service
Movement 1: Slow
Track 10 on BKD010 [3'05] Download only
Movement 1: Slow –
Track 23 on CDA68149 [2'26] 29 September 2017 Release
Movement 2: [untitled]
Track 11 on BKD010 [1'07] Download only
Movement 2: [untitled] –
Track 24 on CDA68149 [1'12] 29 September 2017 Release
Movement 3: Brisk
Track 25 on CDA68149 [2'05] 29 September 2017 Release
Track 12 on BKD010 [2'16] Download only

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