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Simon Balicourt

Set 2: Sonatas nos. 5 in D major and 6 in E major

Flute and basso continuo

edited by Michael Talbot
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Leaflet Music example, No. 5 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example, No. 6 (pdf)


The Andante opening Sonata No. 5 in D major, with its delicately chiselled, ever-changing rhythms in the flute line, exemplifies to perfection the galant style. The subsequent light-footed Allegro assai looks back to Quantz and even to Vivaldi. The piece concludes with one of Balicourt’s most original movements in terms of structure: a Grazioso ‘core’ in D minor is flanked by two Presto sections, the second of which starts as a seeming da capo of the first but quickly, and quite unexpectedly, diverges; the throwaway staccato ending is a real audience-pleaser.

Sonata 6, in E major opens with a lyrical Andante that almost breathes the air of the Classical style. The second movement, in contrast, is a typically baroque Siciliana, moving to E minor and displaying a rich harmonic palette. The finale is a rondeau varié in which both repeats of the refrain are ornamented in different ways. As Balicourt’s description, Alla Polonese, conveys, the rhythm is that of a polonaise, a stately but slightly exotic dance that had become popular throughout Europe after the electors of Saxony, starting with Friedrich August I, assumed the Polish crown.


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Leaflet Descriptive leaflet (pdf)


Set 2: Sonatas nos. 5 in D major and 6 in E major
hh443.fsp · ISMN 979 0 708146 49 0 · ISBN 978-1-910359-55-6
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