Sonata in a minor WQ132-SOLO OB (FL)
Composer: Bach, CPE
Publisher: Barenreiter (Germany)
for solo flute (or oboe)
Originally for solo flute, this work is edited by Manfred Harras. This piece works very well for solo oboe, with only minor adjustments.
Written in 1747 while CPE Bach was in Berlin, probably for his then employer Frederick the Great or for Frederick's teacher, Quantz, it was not printed until 1763. Like his father JS Bach, CPE Bach chose the key of a minor for his only composition for solo flute but the structure is quite different to that of Bach senior.
Like JS Bach's Partita in a minor (BWV 1013), the sonata edited here is considered one of the most important works for solo flute of the eighteenth century. In contrast to JS Bach's composition which still represents the traditional, polyphonic and figurative style, the work of the young Bach displays great sensitivity and, occasionally, an almost romantic expressiveness.
This new edition of CPE Bach's Sonata in a minor is based on a copy in the anthology "Musikalisches Mancherley"; the editor owes his thanks to the Zurich Central Library.