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Sonata in G minor for Flute and Piano (1962)


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From the Publisher

The Sonata in G minor was written between October 1961 and January 1962, mostly on trains, to and from examining appointments. 

The first movement (Allegro giocoso) follows the traditional lines of sonata form.  The first subject is 'perky' and, in its opening appearance, lightly accompanied by the piano. The second subject, in the tonic major key, has a graceful gliding movement which occasionally sweeps into the more glittering high register of the flute. This is sometimes heard inverted, the piano imitating it, or maintaining a piquant background fo staccato repeared chords.

In the second movement most of the expressive melodic line is given to the flute, supported by colourful harmonic progressions on the piano.

The third movement opens with a vital syncopated rhythm and in spite of its initial augmented fourth interval, proceeds good-humouredly, with plenty of activity and imitation between the two instruments.

A lyrical, romantic spirit pervades the whole work.

Performance duration (approx): 13'00

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


  1. Allegro giocoso
  2. Andante pastorale
  3. Allegro con spirito

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Wirripang
Our Stock Code: 1442694
Media Type: Paperback (24 pages [score])