Historical Concert

Wednesday, February 26, 1908
1907-1908, Concert IV of IV

A recital illustrative of the development of the modern pianoforte sonata (from J. S. Bach to Clementi).


Madame Wanda Landowska - harpsichord and pianoforte

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

1. Sonata in A minor ... Johann Sebastian Bach
     (a) Praeludium (adagio)
     (b) Fuga (allegro)
     (c) Adagio and presto
     (d) Allemande (allegretto)
     (e) Courante (allegro)
     (f) Sarabande (andante)
     (g) Gigue (allegro)

2. (a) Sonata in F major. Allegro. 3/8 ... Domenico Scarlatti
    (b) Sonata in F minor. Allegro assai. 3/8 ... Domenico Scarlatti

3. Sonata in A major ... Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach
    (a) Allegro, 2/4
    (b) Adagio
    (c) Allegro, 3/4

4. Sonata in C minor ... Johann Christian Bach
    (a) Grave, 3/4
    (b) Allegro moderato (a fugue)
    (c) Allegretto

5. Sonata in E major ... Pietro Domenico Paradies
    (a) Presto, 3/8
    (b) Aria. Larghetto e cantabile

6. Sonata in C major ... Franz Joseph Haydn
    (a) Allegro con brio
    (b) Adagio
    (c) Allegro, 3/4

7. Sonata in D major ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    (a) Allegro, 6/8
    (b) Adagio, 3/4
    (c) Allegretto, 2/4

8. Sonata in F sharp minor ... Muzio Clementi
    (a) Allegro con espressione, 2/4
    (b) Lento e patetico, 2/4
    (c) Presto, 3/8

8-page booklet
Programme Notes: 

The preface to the programme consists of a three-page essay (pp.3-5) concerning keyboard sonatas and 'sonata form'; special mention is made of Domenico Scarlatti, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach and Domenico Paradies.

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Fee for series: 10/6
Publicity and Reviews: 

On the outside back page - dates and programmes of the four historical concerts for the 1907-1908 season.


The lack of opus numbers in the programme, in general, makes it difficult to identify the pieces that were performed on this occasion. However, movement titles and time signatures enable the identification of most. Of the 20 sonatas in F minor by Domenico Scarlatti, for instance, only Kirkpatrick (Kk) no. 519 is marked allegro assai. Similarly, of the 57 sonatas in F major by Domenico Scarlatti, only Kk 6 is an allegro in 3/8; there is also a recording of Landowska playing this piece. There are two sonatas by J. C. Bach in C minor (op. 17 no. 2 and op. 5 no. 6); op. 5 no. 6 matches the movement titles given in the programme. The movement titles of the Haydn sonata in C major strongly suggest that it is Hob. XVI, no. 35.