Bowen Sonata Opus 120 for Flute and Piano


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Bowen Sonata Opus 120 for Flute and Piano

Bowen Sonata Opus 120 for Flute and Piano

Publisher-Emerson Edition
Revised Edition 2000


This sonata in three movements was written for flautist, Gareth Morris in 1946. It wasn’t until forty years later that this work was actually printed when Emerson Editions acquired a copy from the York Bowen Society. The first edition contained numerous inconsistencies due to the somewhat erratic manuscript. Over several years following the first edition, a number of contributors revised and produced a new edition which is more faithful to the original manuscript.

Sonata Opus 120 is a romantic and playful work with contrasting moods and energy.


(Revised Edition 2000)

  • Allegro Non Troppo
  • Andante Piacevole
  • Allegro con fuoco

Edwin York Bowen

Bowen (1884-1961) was a renowned English composer and pianist known for his Romantic style and rich harmonic language. He wrote over 160 works and was also a talented conductor, organist, violist and horn player.

Born in London, Bowen showed exceptional talent early on and received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at 14, studying composition and piano.

Bowen premiered all four of his own piano concertos and performed at prestigious venues. He dedicated numerous instrumental works to renowned musicians. The Suite in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 28, was first performed by Fritz Kreisler in 1910, followed by notable violinists Joseph Szigeti, Michael Zacharewitsch, and Efrem Zimbalist. The Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 101, and the Concerto for Horn, Strings and Timpani, Op. 150, received their premieres by Aubrey Brain and Dennis Brain, respectively. Bowen also composed works for his contemporaries, including Carl Dolmetsch, Léon Goossens, Beatrice Harrison, Pauline Juler, and Gareth Morris.

During his lifetime Bowen also published editions of works by other composers. These included a three-volume edition of Mozart’s piano works published between 1931 and 1932. In addition, Bowen produced editions of many of Chopin’s nocturnes, preludes, valses, ballades and scherzos between 1948 and 1950.

Bowen performed his works with many famous musicians of the day, including Kreisler and Tertis and appeared as a soloist in his own concertos under the batons of Henry Wood and Hans Richter. He was a prolific composer who included many instrumental duos, chamber music, piano music, four piano concertos, a viola concerto and four symphonies amongst his compositions. He was also a highly respected Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

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