Harpsichord Sonata in A major (Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista)

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General Information

Work Title Sonata in A
Alternative. Title Sonata for Harpsichord
Composer Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista
Key A Major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 18th century
Average DurationAvg. Duration 1:40
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation harpsichord

Misc. Comments

The present sonata for harpsichord is the only one known to have been authenticated as being by G.B. Pergolesi. All other keyboard pieces other than his Sonata for organ in F are considered spurious.

Ironically even this piece is actually an arrangement done from the second movement of Pergolesi's violin sonata in G. In this version the editor has seen it fit to add in 2 missing bars which are present in the violin version but lacking in the harpsichord. These measures are shown in double bars.

Additionally some ornaments and slurs have been added to this arrangement based on similar ones found in the violin version.