Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for flute & keyboard in A major, BWV 1032

    Description by James Reel

    In this sonata, the keyboard is no mere continuo instrument filling chords in a purely accompanimental role; it's a full partner, with the right and left hands providing melodic lines of their own. This is the only Bach flute sonata to survive into the twentieth century in a manuscript by Bach himself (the autographed score, however, was destroyed during World War II). Unfortunately, 46 bars of the first movement were at some point scissored out, and modern editions fill this gap with new material derived from the movement's first half. The work falls into three movements, like a Vivaldi concerto, rather than the four-movement church sonata structure Bach employed in several other flute sonatas. The first movement, Vivace, begins with a full harpsichord introduction, music that will return through the movement, sometimes abbreviated, in ritornello fashion. The flute arrives with its own take on this material, and the flute and harpsichord proceed to work through this and related, bouncy music in full three-voice writing (although the left-hand harpsichord part is comparatively rudimentary). The slow movement, Largo e dolce, is a poignant flute aria with the harpsichord sometimes providing restless counter material, sometimes echoing the flute melody and at one point reducing its role to a long trill. The concluding Allegro proceeds along lines similar to the first movement, but with a steady forward melodic drive replacing the earlier movement's more rhythmic propulsion.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Vivace
    2. Largo e dolce
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Vermeer VRM 4001240013
    2016 Aeolus Music AE 10246
    2016 Archiv Produktion 4795384
    2016 Claves CL 50401
    2016 Naxos 8573376
    2015 Pavane ADW 7546
    2015 Erato 825646190447
    2015 Erato 0825646190423
    2014 Gramola 98993
    2014 Melodiya MELCD 1002154
    2014 Telos / Telos Music TLS 012
    2014 Alpha ALPHA 186
    2013 Alto ALC 2022
    2013 Oehms Classics OC 424
    2012 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 031
    2012 Sony Classical 88725463922
    2011 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2011 Hyperion 22077
    2011 MSR Classics MS1358
    2011 RCA Red Seal 88697828122
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Delos 3402
    2010 Avie 2196
    2010 Ars Musici 232327
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Centaur Records 3069
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Fab Four 232921
    2009 Sony BMG / Sony Classical 88697527002
    2009 Brilliant Classics 93814
    2009 Nimbus 5829/30
    2009 Resort Music / Zebralution
    2009 Quill Classics 1008
    2009 Delos 3391
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921744
    2008 Warner Classics
    2008 BIS 1689
    2008 Premiers Horizons 070136
    2008 Vanguard Classics 123
    2007 Oehms 610
    2006 Brilliant 93102
    2006 Brilliant 99697
    2006 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2006 Claves 502511
    2006 Avie 2101
    2006 Analekta 3061
    2005 Brilliant Classics 92215
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000414802
    2005 Ramée 0404
    2004 ASV / Resonance 3008
    2004 Artemis Classics 1493
    2003 Channel Classics 18498
    2003 Document 203397
    2003 Accent 22150
    2002 Archiv Produktion 471656
    2002 Archiv
    2002 Camerata Records 28CM629
    2002 Hyperion 67264/5
    2002 Glossa 920807
    2002 Bridge 9115
    2001 Classical Express HCX3957024
    2001 Black Box Classics 1060
    2000 Arion 268386
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92121
    1999 Teldec 3984-25716-2
    1999 Virgin 45350
    1999 MDG 3090931
    1998 Raumklang 9701
    1998 Camerata Records 30CM404
    1998 Opus 111 2638
    1997 Vanguard 70/71
    1997 Naxos 553754
    1997 CRD Records 33145
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 69642
    1996 Focus Distrbution Group 944
    1996 RCA 68182
    1995 Gallo 566
    1995 Archiv Produktion 447713
    1995 Soundspell 106
    1994 Philips 438809
    1994 ASV 6108
    1994 Dynamic 77
    1993 Arabesque 6589
    1992 RCA 61274
    1992 RCA 60900
    1992 Sony Music Distribution 48200
    1991 Harmonia Mundi 907024
    1990 CBS Records 39746
    1989 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77026
    1982 Harmonia Mundi 790065
    Brilliant 93102-VOL1
    Brilliant 99701
    Denon Records 3868
    Berlin Classics 1007
    Brilliant 93102/14
    Brilliant 99701/14
    Sarx 2033
    Koch Discover International 5406
    Denon Records 377331
    GM Recordings 2036
    Challenge Classics 72030
    Arts Music 47612