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Johann Adolph Scheibe

Three Flute Sonatas, Op. 1

Flute · keyboard

edited by Michael Elphinstone
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Leaflet Music example Sonata 1 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 2 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 3 (pdf)

Scheibe’s three sonatas for flute (or violin) and obbligato harpsichord were published in the late 1750s but were probably composed much earlier – their copious and elaborate imitative writing is out of character with his later music. Though rooted in the tradition of similar works by J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, and composers at Frederick the Great’s court in Berlin, Scheibe’s sonatas are more substantial, each having four movements, in the traditional slow–fast–slow–fast scheme. Essentially they are trio sonatas, the right hand part of the harpsichord acting as the second treble voice, but several movements feature idiomatic keyboard writing. Interestingly, Scheibe disapproved of the excessive embellishments that Bach actually wrote into his melody lines, yet not only do his own sonatas call for a significant amount of ornamentation, particularly in the harpsichord part, but the symbols themselves are notated in the score: in addition to turns and mordents, Scheibe uses no less than three different trill signs.

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Three Flute Sonatas, Op. 1
hh455.fsp  · ISMN 979 0 708146 62 9 · ISBN 978 1 910359 66 2
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