Flute sonata in B minor (HWV 367b)
The Flute sonata in B minor (HWV 367b) is a work for flute and keyboard (harpsichord), however the sonata was originally composed (circa 1712) by George Frideric Handel as a Recorder sonata in D minor (HWV 367a). Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,32; and HHA iv/3,42.
The work was first published as "Opus 1, No. 9" in 1730 in an unauthorised and "disgracefully botched" edition—in fact by John Walsh of London but with a forged title page claiming Jeanne Roger of Amsterdam as the publisher—in which it was transposed to B minor for flute from its original key of D minor, and with its third and fourth movements omitted.
The work is the most developed and expansive of all Handel's sonatas that can be said to be for the flute. A typical performance of the work takes about fourteen and a half minutes.
For details about the movements in the sonata, see the movements section of the Recorder sonata in D minor (HWV 367a).
- Handel flute sonatas
- List of solo sonatas by George Frideric Handel
- XV Handel solo sonatas (publication by Chrysander)
- Handel solo sonatas (publication by Walsh)
- Anthony Hicks. "Handel, George Frideric", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. S. Sadie and J. Tyrrell (London: Macmillan, 2001), x, 801.
- Terence Best, "Handel's Chamber Music: Sources, Chronology and Authenticity", Early Music 13, no. 4 (November 1985): 476–99. Citation from 481–83.
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