Violin sonata in G minor (HWV 364a)

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The Violin sonata in G minor (HWV 364a) was composed (c. 1722–24) by George Frideric Handel for violin and keyboard (harpsichord). The work is also referred to as Opus 1 No. 6, and was first published in 1732 by Walsh. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,22; and HHA iv/18,6.[1] Also published in HG xlviii,118 (with an extra part for Organo).

Both the Walsh edition and the Chrysander edition indicate that the work is for oboe, and published it as Sonata VI. It is not known whether Handel sanctioned the change of instrument, however the fact that the piece contains notes beyond the range of the oboe would suggest that he did not. Handel's original manuscript indicates that the sonata would be suitable "per la Viola da Gamba"—and the version of the work for that instrument is designated as HWV 364b.

A typical performance of the work takes just over 7 minutes.


The work consists of four movements:

Movement Type Key signature Time signature Bars Notes
1 Larghetto G minor 4
17 Concludes with a brief adagio and a D major chord.
2 Allegro G minor 4
3 Adagio E major 3
11 Concludes with a D major chord.
4 Allegro G minor 12
30 Two sections (10 and 20 bars)—each with repeat markings. Begins in G minor, but quickly adds flecks of colour from other keys.

(Movements do not contain repeat markings unless indicated. The number of bars is taken from the Chrysander edition, and is the raw number in the manuscript—not including repeat markings.)

See also


  1. ^ Hicks, Anthony (2001). Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. x (2 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 802.

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