This week two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach with recorder will be performed. The Prelude will feature movements from Bach’s Sonata in F, BWV 1035, for recorder and organ. This is known more widely as a flute sonata in E, but there has been speculation that it might indeed have first been written for alto recorder in the more likely key of F, as played here. This piece was written during Bach’s Cöthen period (1717-1720). During Communion, portions of Bach’s Partita in a minor for flute solo, BWV 1013, will be heard. A copy of this piece was discovered in 1917 at St. Thomas’s School, Leipzig, where Bach had served as Cantor in his later years. Bach’s autograph manuscript is lost but the work is considered authentic by Schmitz in the Neue Bach Ausgabe.
Nancy Garlick is a retired faculty member of the McIntire Dept of Music of the University of Virginia where she taught clarinet and performed with the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra for 24 years. She began the study of recorder and early music performance just before retiring and now performs with The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, the Amherst Early Music Festival and locally with The Wild Geese Baroque Ensemble and the Crozet Quartet. On August 15th, she will make a now rare appearance as clarinet soloist with the Charlottesville Municipal Band at the Paramount.