Recorder sonata in A minor (HWV 362)
The Sonata in A minor (HWV 362) was composed (c. 1712) by George Frideric Handel for recorder and harpsichord (the autograph manuscript, a fair copy made most likely in 1712, gives this instrumentation in Italian: "flauto e cembalo"). The work is also referred to as Opus 1 No. 4, and was first published in 1732 by Walsh. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,15; and HHA iv/3,21.
A typical performance of the work takes about 11 minutes.
The work consists of four movements:
|Movement||Type||Key signature||Time signature||Bars||Notes|
|1||Larghetto||A minor||3/4||50||Concludes with a E major chord.|
|2||Allegro||A minor||4/4||38||Two sections (19 and 19 bars)—each with repeat markings.|
|3||Adagio||?||4/4||17||Even though there are no sharps or flats in the key signature, the movement begins in F major. Concludes with an E major chord.|
|4||Allegro||A minor||4/4||50||Two sections (24 and 26 bars)—each with repeat markings. A transposed version of HWV 408.|
(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)
- David Lasocki and Walter Bergmann, "Critical Report", in G. F. Handel, The Complete Sonatas for Treble (Alto) Recorder and Basso Continuo / Die gesamten Sonaten für Altblockflöte und Basso Continuo, edited by David Lasocki and Walter Bergmann, 67–79 (London: Faber Music Limited; New York: G. Schirmer, Inc.; Australia & Canada: Boosey & Hawkes; Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag; Tokyo: Zen-On Music Co. Ltd., 1979): 69 and 74n23.
- Anthony Hicks, "Handel, George Frideric", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London: Macmillan Publishers, 2001): 10:801.
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