Bach’s Sonata in B Minor for Flute and Harpsichord (BWV 1030) was probably composed during the 1730s in Leipzig. Bach may have written the sonata with his flutist son, Johann Gottfried Bernhard (1715-1739), in mind.
This sonata characterizes the type of chamber work that Bach, as director of the Collegium Musicum, would have performed at Zimmermann’s Coffee House. And, since Bach’s family members often took part in those concerts, there is a good chance that Gottfried Bernhard Bach and his father gave the premiere.
The first movement, Andante, is one of the most imaginative movements in all of Bach’s chamber works. Enjoy this recording featuring flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal and harpsichordist, Robert Veyron-Lacroix.