L’Alphabet de la Musique, Op.30

L’Alphabet de la Musique contenant, XXIV Sonates – Solos, pour la Flute Traversiere ou pour  le Violon avec une Basse Continue, selon la Clef Françoise pour la Flute a Bec, avec une Transposition si on veut se servir des antres Clefs, on Si on trouvre trop de difficulté á joüer les Tons les plus difficiles. (…) XXX Ouvrage

J. Ch. Schickhardt (ca. 1685–1762) was the first person to compose a set of sonates for recorder and b.c. in all 24 keys. The sonatas  were published privately in London during the 1730s under the title L’alphabet de la musique, certainly a reference to the sequence of keys beginning with A major and minor. The sonatas are regular solo sonatas, following the principles of sonata composition of the 1710s and 1720s. They mix ‘chamber’ and ‘church’ elements and have often more movement than the standard four.

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