Handel (Camwell): Sonata No. 3 arr. for alto saxophone and piano
Code: JP4102 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0619-4
"Sonata in F" (Sonata No. 3 HWV 370) was originally written for violin and keyboard by G.F. Handel, likely in the early 1730s, and published in 1732. More recent scholarship has actually cast considerable doubt on the
authorship of this music, and whether Handel or some other composer actually composed this work remains a mystery. This work became well known to saxophonists by Sigurd Rascher's edition published decades ago;
the justification for this new edition by Dave Camwell is to now also provide stylistically-accurate articulation as well as optional ornamentation.
Ornaments are a very important part of Baroque music, typically added the second time of a repeated section, or more generally throughout a movement. Camwell has included a suggested ornamentation, but performers
are free to devise wholly new, altered or selected ornaments from the ones provided.
The technical demands for the saxophonist are intermedeiate to moderate and will provide excellent repertoire for the developing player, but also provide recital music from the Baroque style for more advanced players.
This Sonata has 4 movements with a total duration of approximately 12 minutes.
A audio sample of Handel-Camwell: "Sonata No. 3" is available on YouTube