Sonata in B flat major for Flute and Piano
- Recommended edition
- Staff Pick
This Sonata in B flat major by Beethoven is a really early work that can't be entirely authenticated. Unusually for this period it has four movements, which is great as he didn't write any other sonatas for us. The publisher's note describes the work best: 'There are a number of stylistic grounds which suggest this is an early work by Beethoven: for example, the surprising turn to D major at the beginning of the development, or the lengthy development itself. The Polonaise with it's trio glows with a Mozartian lightness and grace, the slow movement announces 'Master of the Adagio' and the merry variation finale would feel perfectly at home in a serenade by Beethoven.' The note range is small in this piece and there is plenty of interest in the piano part so it's ideal for performance by 2 good students. It's also a perfect introduction to the world of one of the greats.
From the Publisher
At the dispersion of Beethoven's estate, there is a very hastily written copy, not in Beethoven's hand, of a sonata in B flat major for flute and piano. Even today the authenticity of the work has not been ascertained....
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