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Simon Balicourt

Set 1: Sonata nos. 1 in D major and 2 in G major

Flute and basso continuo

edited by Michael Talbot
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Sonata 1 in D major opens with a Larghetto full of the kind of rhetorical expression one associates with Handel. It is followed by a busy Allegro and a concise Tempo di Minuetto movement that celebrates the extreme popularity of this dance, which, in contrast to its role in the Classical symphony, most often serves as a finale in works written around the middle of the eighteenth century.

Sonata 2 in G major is in a traditional pastoral key, an association confirmed immediately in a charming siciliana marked Andante. The following Allegro assai is dominated by a three-hammer-blow opening motive, which the composer treats with great insistence and some ingenuity. The concluding pair of movements illustrates Balicourtís Janus-like cultivation of both galant and baroque musical languages: the Andante in E minor takes us into the world of a slow movement in a mid-eighteenth-century operatic sinfonia, while the Allegro has all the characteristics of a Corellian giga written fifty years earlier.

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Leaflet Descriptive leaflet (pdf)

Set 1: Sonata nos. 1 in D major and 2 in G major
hh445.fsp ∑ ISMN 979 0 708146 52 0 ∑ ISBN 978-1-910359-57-0
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