George Frederick Handel

Oboe Sonata in G minor, HWV 404

    Description by Brian Robins

    The manuscript of this sonata is held in the British Library. Scored for oboe and violin or two violins, it bears the inscription "Compos'd at the Age of 14." If such is the case, it would make one of the earliest of Handel's known works. The style, which is very much that of the Corellian trio sonata, certainly points to an early work. It is cast in four brief movements. The first is a gracious, flowing Andante whose thematic material bears a strong resemblance to the trio "The Flocks Shall Come" from Acis and Galatea. The succeeding Allegro is, typically for such a work, a fugue. That is followed by an expressive Largo and the work concludes with a lively Allegro. It was published by London publisher John Walsh around 1730 as the second of Six Sonatas, Op. 2.


    1. Andante
    2. Allegro
    3. Adagio
    4. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2013 Edition Lilac 290510
    2011 Regis Records RRC1106
    2009 Blue Griffin Recording 193
    2007 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT2031102
    2005 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT031102
    2004 Coro 16019
    2002 Challenge Classics CC72015
    2001 BIS 106501
    1999 Unicorn-Kanchana 9153
    1999 EMI Music Distribution 73377
    1996 Collins Records 70402