Trio in E (WQ 162) composed by C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788)
Edited by Kurt Walther for two C Flutes (or Flute and Violin) with Piano (or one of the following: Cembalo, Cello, or Bassoon)
Includes score and parts
“For almost three decenniums (1738-1767), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach occupied the post of musical accompanist to Frederic the Great at the Prussian Court. Honest pride filled his breast at being appouinted to so responsible an office at such a youthful age. In his short autobiography he refers to this appointment as the greatest triumph of his life, and that he should have had bestowed upon him the high honour of being the sole accompanist of His Prussian Majesty on the clavichord, when the king played his first flute-solo at Chalottenburg.
This very flute-trio shows more clearly than any other composition, that he discarded any and every concession to the then ruling musical taste and fashion of the Court. As we listen to the strains, we detect the spirit and character of the composer's personality confessing, as it were, to us in soul-born musical language: The first movement, with its sublime opening theme, lofty and ever expanding, verges upon the spoken word, in the dialogue between the two flutes. The internalized chromatic colouring in the conception of the meditative Adagio di molto dies away in a sorrowful thought left in the mind as a question unanswered, while the final movement delights the heart with its wanton mirth and cheerfulness and the unique manner in which both parts close.
Besides all the characteristic features, we find subtleties of composition, such as the bold use and daring introduction of the diminished octave (2nd movement, 23rd bar) and the “filigrane work”, i.e. the division of a musical thought into two parts, a style of composition frequently introduced by Beethoveen in his latter works (for instance 1st movement bars 177-188).
The first edition of the present Trio is based upon the original manuscript in the Prussian Government Library (Preussische Staatsbibliothek) in Berlin, bearing the title: “Trio fur 2 Floten, odser furs Clavier u. eine Flote,” This we see that the work was composed in two different settings, as style of composition very prevalent in those days.” -Kurt Walther, Preface