Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major (after Organ Concerto in F major ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’, HWV 295) is one of Handel’s most agreeable recreational works, predominantly redisposed from earlier sources, namely the Trio Sonata, Op. 5 No. 6, and a concerto movement from Op. 6 No. 9. There’s a sense that it was thrown together as a loosely conceived entertainment, and yet it is no less agreeable for its carefree treatment of charming and effervescent material. Indeed, it’s the relatively inconsequential signposting by Handel which gives the arranger scope to re-define, and even tighten, the dialogues between the trumpet and piano. Our edition ignores the stated improvisation of the solo organ after the first allegro and proceeds to the guileless Siciliana before a rollicking allegro finale – a fugue outwardly but, as so often with Handel, contrapuntal orthodoxy is abandoned for more pressing favours.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piano

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