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Sonata in B flat major, ZWV181/3

'Zelenka: Sonatas' (CKD415)
Zelenka: Sonatas
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Movement 1: Adagio
Movement 2: Allegro
Movement 3: Largo
Movement 4: Tempo giusto; Allegro

Sonata in B flat major, ZWV181/3
The score of Sonata III in B flat is set out on three staves marked Violino; Hautbois; Basson. However, figures appear below the bassoon stave towards the end of the first movement, and also at the opening bars of the final movement – an indication that an instrument capable of playing chords was also required for this work. This is the only sonata in the set to include the violin as a soloist. Sonata III, comprising four contrasting movements, opens with an Adagio followed by a three-voiced fugal Allegro. The third movement is a Siciliano to be played in a broad style (Largo), while the conclusion is an extended dance-like movement.

from notes by Janice B Stockigt 2012

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