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Flute Sonata a minor Wq 132
8 difficult

About the Composer


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

He is primarily famous for his music for keyboard instruments and is regarded as the most important composer of sonatas (approximately 150) in the mid eighteenth century. His self-image as a composer is in line with the aesthetic of the genius. His musical idiom is characterized by a “speaking” disposition and by moments of surprise.

1714Born in Weimar on March 8; second surviving son from Johann Sebastian Bach’s first marriage. Musical education from his father; attends the Lutheran Latin school in Köthen, the St. Thomas School in Leipzig. Participates in the Collegium Musicum.
1731Law studies in Leipzig.
1734–38Continuation of law studies in Frankfurt an der Oder. Occasional compositions.
1740–68Harpsichordist in Berlin at the court of Frederick II.
1741Symphony in G major (Wq 173), his first.
1742–44“Prussian” and “Württemberg” Sonatas.
1753Treatise: “Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments” (First part; second part in 1762)
1758Publication of “Professor Gellert’s Sacred Odes and Songs” (Second collection in 1764)
1760Publication of “Six Sonatas for Keyboard with Varied Reprises.”
1768He succeeds Telemann as music director and cantor at the Johanneum Latin school in Hamburg. Composes liturgical music (cantatas) as well as instrumental works (symphonies, concerti, chamber music), large vocal works (Passion settings and oratorios), and occasional compositions for the city’s musical establishment. Organizes “Bach’s Private Concerts.”
1775Oratorio “Die Israeliten in der Wüste” (“The Israelites in the Desert”).
1779–87Publication of “Clavier Sonatas and Free Fantasies along with Divers Rondos […] for Experts and Amateurs.”
1788Dies in Hamburg on December 14.

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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