Oboe sonata in C minor (HWV 366)
The Oboe sonata in C minor (HWV 366) was composed (c. 1711-12) by George Frideric Handel for oboe and keyboard (harpsichord). The work is also referred to as Opus 1 No. 8, and was first published in 1732 by Walsh. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,29; and HHA iv/18,32.
A typical performance of the work takes about six and a half minutes.
The work consists of four movements:
|Movement||Type||Key signature||Time signature||Bars||Notes|
|1||Largo||C minor||4/4||18||The key signature only has two flats (with the A flat needed to establish the key of C minor being written-in as accidentals). The tempo of Largo is not written (but is stylistically assumed in performance). Concludes with a G major chord. The movement is also used in the flute sonata in E minor (HWV 375).|
|2||Allegro||C minor||4/4||45||Has a fugal beginning. The movement is also used in the flute sonata in E minor (HWV 375).|
|3||Adagio||E flat major||3/2||30||Concludes with a G major chord.|
|4||Allegro||C minor||4/4||20||Two sections (8 and 12 bars)—each with repeat markings. The movement begins G major. In Bourrée style.|
(Movements do not contain repeat markings unless indicated. The number of bars is taken from the Chrysander edition, and is the raw number in the manuscript—not including repeat markings.)
- List of solo sonatas by George Frideric Handel
- XV Handel solo sonatas (publication by Chrysander)
- Handel solo sonatas (publication by Walsh)
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