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Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031

composer
early to mid-1730s

 
Considerable doubt exists as to the authenticity of this sonata, but the Siciliano in particular is so charming that this transcription by Friedman is in no way invalidated. The original score is simple and spare, the flute melody being accompanied by gentle, unobtrusive semiquavers, and Friedman retains the tranquility of the movement even while he fleshes out the score with his particularly romantic view of sonority. He chooses to add a two-bar introduction to the entry of the melody, adapting it cunningly from the short harpsichord interlude which connects the two sections of the original.

from notes by Piers Lane © 2003

Alors que l’authenticité de cette sonate est à l’heure actuelle largement remise en cause, la Sicilienne est une page d’un tel charme que cette transcription de Friedman ne saurait en aucun cas être invalidée. La partition originale est simple, épurée. La mélodie de la flûte y est accompagnée par des doubles croches douces et discrètes. Friedman a retenu la tranquillité du mouvement tout y ajoutant du corps notamment du fait de sa conception éminemment romantique de la masse sonore. Il a choisi d’ajouter une introduction de deux mesures avant l’entrée de la mélodie, une adaptation astucieuse du court interlude de clavecin associant les deux sections dans l’original.

extrait des notes rédigées par Piers Lane © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die Authentizität dieser Sonate wird sehr angezweifelt, besonders das Siciliano aber ist so reizend, dass diese Bearbeitung von Friedman in keiner Weise ungültig sein kann. Das Original ist schlicht und sparsam gehalten, die Flöte wird von sanften, unauffälligen Sechzehnteln begleitet. Friedman behält die Ruhe dieses Satzes sogar bei, wenn er den Notentext mit seinem sehr romantischen Klangideal ausgestaltet. Dem Melodieeinsatz fügt er eine zweitaktige Einleitung hinzu, die er dem kurzen Cembalozwischenspiel des Originals geschickt entnimmt und entsprechend adaptiert.

aus dem Begleittext von Piers Lane © 2003
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Bach: Flute Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67897Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Flute Sonatas & the attributions
CDD220772CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Bach Transcribed
Studio Master: SIGCD156Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach Arrangements
CDA67309
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
CDA67344
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 5 – Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire & Siloti
CDA67506

Details

Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Siciliano
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Track 2 on CDA67309 [3'54]
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Track 15 on CDA67344 [2'38]
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Track 12 on CDA67506 [2'11]
Track 2 on CDA67897 [2'09]
Track 16 on CDD22077 CD2 [2'21] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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Track 9 on SIGCD156 [2'18] Download only
Movement 3: Allegro

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