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Sonata for Flute and Piano


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Emma Lou Diemer wrote her flute sonata in 1958, while studying for her Ph.D. in composition under Bernard Rogers. Diemer acknowledges a specific connection to Johann Sebastian Bach’s flute sonata in E-flat major (BWV 1031, 1730-34), which also features a Siciliano as the second of its three movements. Diemer writes, “The Bachian interplay and equality of the writing for flute and keyboard was uppermost in my mind, and also a lyricism and tonally uncomplicated style – though moving quickly through changing tonalities.” The first two movements have neoclassic ternary formal structures, while the third is in sonata form with a fughetta in the development section. It was dedicated to Mark Thomas, for whom Diemer also wrote a flute concerto.

Difficulty guide: 7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Moderately Fast, Gracefully
  2. Moderately Slowly, Expressively
  3. Joyfully, Fast

Item Details

Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Publisher's reference: ST43SP
Our Stock Code: 971928
Media Type: Paperback