Complete Sonatas, Volume IV composed by CPE Bach
Edited by Ulrich Leisinger for Flute and Basso continuo (or Piano)
Includes 2 copies of the Flute/Basso continuo parts in score form and a piano score.
Sonata in G Major (“Hamburg”) (Wq133/H.564)
According to the Catalogue of CPE Bach’s Estate, the present sonata in G major (Wq133/H.564) was composed in Hamburg in 1786, almost 40 years after Bach’s other works in this genre. The sonata consists of two extended movements, an Allegretto in sonata form and a witty rondo, which are connected by a short transition. The work was composed presumably for the blind flute player Friedrich Dulon (1769-1826) who visited Hamburg several times on his concert tours from 1783 on. Bach was very impressed by the young blind artist, which could explain why Bach came back to a genre abandoned by him several decades ago. The present sonata, therefore, may be understood as a virtuoso piece for Dulon that could be performed on any stop along his tours, regardless of his accompanist’s abilities, given the simplicity of the keyboard part.