Sonata for Flute and Piano by Gaetano Donizetti
Edition edited by Rien de Reede
The one movement Saonata for Flute and Piano is dated 1819 by Donizetti, then 22 years old. Since there are abundant mistakes in the part writing, the possibility cannot be excluded that the work itself stems from a younger and less experienced Donizetti, who just added the dedication and the date on the title page when 22 years old. It is one of his few chamber-music works for a wind instrument. The piece, along with his string quartets, still reflects Donizetti's studies of the classical composers. With its theatrical introduction, its frequent dialogues, as well as its buffo character, the sonata has, despite the limited thematic material and the simple form, assumed its own modest place in the flute literature.