Flute Sonata a minor Wq 132
Editor: Marion Beyer
Notes on performance practice: Karl Kaiser
Urtext Edition, paperbound
Pages: 22 (V, 17), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 555 · ISMN 979-0-2018-0555-9
Level of difficulty (Flute): difficult (Level 8)
ABRSM: Grade 8
For whom did Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach write his solo sonata? The addressee of the sonata is frequently thought to be the King Friedrich II of Prussia. Yet Bach would not have made music that was exclusively intended for the king available for all. And the Sonata for flute solo was published twice in the 1760s. The riddle is not to be solved. Today the three-movement work is one of the solo pieces that all flautists have to have played once – it is truly regal music. The flautist Karl Kaiser has contributed informed comments on performance practice.
Essential and standard repertoire to be carefully studied, this is a rare solo sonata in three movements from the empfindsam style of the 18th century, a gem to be ultimately played by every flutist.
[Flute Talk, 2014]
Die Neuausgabe des Henle Verlags glänzt mit Klappseite (...) sowie aufführungspraktischen Anmerkungen von Karl Kaiser. Selbstverständlich ergänzen Hinweise zur Quellenlage und Edition die wissenschaftlich-praktische Edition, die ein weiterer Edelstein unter den Urtext Editionen für Flöte des Henle Verlages ist.
[Flöte aktuell, 2014]
La reproduction intégrale en fac-similé de l'édition originale de Berlin, parue en 1763, rehausse l'intérêt d'une édition irréprochable.
[Tempo flute, 2014]
The levels of difficulty of the
music for flute published by G. Henle Publishers
The levels of difficulty of the flute music published by G. Henle Publishers
"The task is easy - yet easy is difficult"
(„Zwar ist es leicht, doch ist das Leichte schwer")
Goethe has Mephisto say this in "Faust II" and the categorizing of musical works according to their levels of difficulty is thus relative in the extreme! Relative – depending on the perspective of a teacher, a student or a performer; nevertheless using our Henle criteria we are trying to differentiate between works, grading them according to whether they are easy, medium or difficult. This classification system is intended as an orientation and a help for those trying to find a suitable work amongst all of the excellent Urtext editions. In order not to be daunted by pieces with the level of difficulty 9, perhaps we might somewhat subjectively claim that with practice Goethe's quotation may be reversed: "The task is difficult, yet difficult [may become] easy [too]!"
András Adorján © 2013