Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Overture in B Minor (for Flute and Strings) Bach
Grave - Allegro - Lentement; Rondeau; Sarabande; Bourree (1) and (2); Polonaise; Menuet; Badinerie
(Solo Flute, FRANK ALMGILL)
AMONG Bach's purely orchestral music are four Suites which he called, after the fashion of his age, Overtures, the name of the first and most important movement. The other movements in all the Suites are mainly dance forms. The first movement is in the form familiar in many of Handel's works - an introductory slow section, majestic and solemn, followed by a bright, quick-moving section in which the principal theme is treated imitatively in fugal fashion. In this one the fugal section is broken in upon ever and anon by little solo passages for the flute.
The second movement is a dainty Rondo in the happiest spirits, with the chief tune given to the flute; and the third is a Sarabande in which flute and 'cello carry on a little dialogue, repeating similar phrases after each other. There are then two Bourrees, the first being for strings alone, and the second with a solo part for the flute.
After that comes a Polonaise. At first the flute plays along with the violins an octave higher, but in the middle section, which is called 'Double,' it plays a counter-melody to the Polonaise tune, which is now given to violas and 'cellos. The Polonaise is then repeated.
The second last movement is a short Minuet without any Trio, in which the flute is silent, and the Suite comes to an end with a very jolly, lively movement, called 'Badinerie.' The flute is the solo voice throughout, and here and there the 'cellos in the accompaniment imitate his melody.
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