I was introduced to this work by Heidi Suhrlie, Cantor of the Evangelical Church Vegesack sometime in 1983 and played the first sonata of which together with her (organ) and my first duo partner, Monika Koperski (treble 1), during a church service. It was a very special moment for me as it was my first introduction to this kind of music and made a lasting impression. It was a wonderful feeling, hidden up in the organ loft away from prying eyes and able to concentrate solely on the marvellous swelling music of the first movement, the Preludio.
Almost ten years later I purchased the work for myself and have equally happy memories of playing the sonatas first with Jutta Meyer (later Köster
) and the with Bettina Kiefner
accompanied by Egbert Heiß
(piano) within the privacy of his flat over a civilised glass of red wine and candlelight. Happy memories indeed!
The sonatas are fairly short and are of equal difficulty. This Peters Edition, by the way, is a beautiful piece of work and a joy to possess. My particular favourite is the one I first learned, the first of course! The sonatas comprise:
- Sonata I (Preludio, Corrente, Largo, Giga)
- Sonata II (Adagio, Allemanda, Corrente, Gavotta)
- Sonata III (Preludio, Largo, Giga)
- Sonata IV (Largo, Fuga, Giga)
- Sonata V (Adagio, Fuga, Adagio, Allegro)
- Sonata VI (Preludio, Fuga, Giga)