George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel 1685 – 1759) was
a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the
bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for
his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.
Born in a family indifferent to music, Handel received
critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before
settling in London (1712), and became a naturalized
British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced
both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and
the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
The Flute sonata in G major (HWV 363b) was composed
(circa 1711-16) by George Frideric Handel for flute and
keyboard (harpsichord). The work is also referred to as
Opus 1 No. 5, and was first published in 1732 by Walsh.
Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the
work as HG xxvii,19; and HHA iv/3,28. The sonata was
originally composed as an oboe sonata in F major (HWV
The bourrée is a dance of French origin and the words
and music that accompany it. The bourrée somewhat
resembles the gavotte, it is in double time and often
has a dactylic rhythm but it is somewhat quicker and
its phrase starts with a quarter-bar anacrusis or
"pick-up" whereas a gavotte has a half-bar
I created this arrangement of the popular 3rd movement
bourrée for Viola and Piano.