3 Sonatas, Op.3 (Benda, Franz)

Ambox notice.pngThe attribution of these Sonatas to Franz Benda has been called into question. See below


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Publisher. Info. Berlin & Amsterdam: J. J. Hummel, n.d., Plate 188. (Title-page gives No.187)
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Work Title 3 Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Op.3
Alternative. Title Trois Sonates pour le Clavecin avec l'accompagnement d'une flute ou violon
Composer Benda, Franz
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.3
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 sonatas ("trios")
  1. Flute Sonata in G major
  2. Violin Sonata in A major
  3. Violin Sonata in E major
First Publication. 1780 ca.
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation flute/violin, harpsichord

Misc. Comments

Given the estimated date of publication and the low opus number, it seems likely that these may be composed by Carl Friedrich Franz Benda (1754-1816), who was "musicien de la chambre de S.M. le roi de Prusse" as violinist from 1779.
His uncle Franz (1709-1786) Benda's title was Premier Violon de Chambre de la Majesté de Roi de Prusse, until 1771, when he became Konzertmeister to the King, and additionally Musical Advisor to the King from 1773. It seems unlikely for Franz Benda that neither of these titles would be given on the title-page, and a low opus number would also fit with the younger composer.
A further possibility is Franz's eldest son Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda (1745-1814), who was a violinist at the Prussian court from 1765.
However, they will remain under Franz Benda's name until further proof.