Sonata VI composed by Giuseppi Sammartini, arranged for flute choir by David H. Bailey
Sammartini wrote a large number of trio sonatas, which would have been performed by two soloists and basso continuo. This setting replaces the basso continuo with the flute choir, eliminating the keyboard instrument and allowing the similar tone color of a choir of flutes to provide an exquisite background for the beautiful solo lines. Since the solo lines are within the abilities of most flutists, this work provides an opportunity to feature players who might not be able to play more demanding solo lines. This is easy enough for high school flute choirs to perform, yet provides great opportunity for intonation work and balance which will challenge most adult flute choirs as well.
2 piccolos, 1 C flute, alto & bass flute.