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Trio Sonata in E minor Op.5/3 HWV 398

Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)

Maria Keohane

Maria Keohane

Composer
Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Composition Year
1739
Work Movements
1. Andante larghetto
2. Allegro
3. Sarabande - Largo assai
4. Allemande - Andante, Allegro
5. Rondeau
6. Gavotte - Allegro
Artists
Maria Keohane [soprano], James Gilchrist [tenor], Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director])

Programme Note Writer:
© Ian Fox

Handel created two sets of Trio Sonatas: Opus 2, published in 1731 and Opus 5 in 1739. Basically they comprise existing music arranged for two violins and continuo.  Handel regularly recycled his material and in Opus 5 reuses music from his Chandos Anthems as well as pieces he had composed for Marie Sallé’s dance company.  It is probable that his publisher Walsh organised the arrangements and the order and choice of pieces, but it is clear from the manuscripts that Handel had some hand in the process.  The result is an outstanding suite of baroque dances. 

The Third Sonata opens with a slow sequence featuring strongly marked staccato chords while the tempo picks up for the second movement with an elegant interplay between the violins. A Sarabande follows, a popular ¾  slow Spanish dance with the emphasis on the first beat.  A lively Allemande ensues, a 4/4 dance of German origin and often used in Baroque suites. There are no tempo markings on the Rondeau but it features a graceful melody which recurs between contrasting passages.  The Suite ends typically with a Gavotte, originally a French country dance, it evolved into an elegant and formal sequence in the courts of Europe. 

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Trio Sonata in E minor Op.5/3 HWV 398

Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Performance date: Friday 3rd July 2015
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
Work Title Trio Sonata in E minor Op.5/3 HWV 398
Composition Year 1739
Work Movements 1. Andante larghetto
2. Allegro
3. Sarabande - Largo assai
4. Allemande - Andante, Allegro
5. Rondeau
6. Gavotte - Allegro
Artist(s) Maria Keohane [soprano], James Gilchrist [tenor], Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director])
Performance Date Friday 3rd July 2015
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:10:43
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Large Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, T-solo, 2vn,va,vc,db, lute, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Ian Fox

Handel created two sets of Trio Sonatas: Opus 2, published in 1731 and Opus 5 in 1739. Basically they comprise existing music arranged for two violins and continuo.  Handel regularly recycled his material and in Opus 5 reuses music from his Chandos Anthems as well as pieces he had composed for Marie Sallé’s dance company.  It is probable that his publisher Walsh organised the arrangements and the order and choice of pieces, but it is clear from the manuscripts that Handel had some hand in the process.  The result is an outstanding suite of baroque dances. 

The Third Sonata opens with a slow sequence featuring strongly marked staccato chords while the tempo picks up for the second movement with an elegant interplay between the violins. A Sarabande follows, a popular ¾  slow Spanish dance with the emphasis on the first beat.  A lively Allemande ensues, a 4/4 dance of German origin and often used in Baroque suites. There are no tempo markings on the Rondeau but it features a graceful melody which recurs between contrasting passages.  The Suite ends typically with a Gavotte, originally a French country dance, it evolved into an elegant and formal sequence in the courts of Europe.