File relating to the Sonata in C, or Sonata No. 1 for Great Bass Recorder and Keyboard / Piano

Scope and Content

The file contains a handwritten score (by Burgess) for the part of Great Bass Recorder only, and a photocopy of the complete score (i.e. for Great Bass Recorder and Piano), inscribed "Good Friday, April 13 1990".

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/79: File containing fragments of unidentified scores for piano, or solo instrument and piano.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1990 Burgess began composing for the great bass recorder. He completed the first of these works - the Sonata in C - in April 1990, shortly after becoming acquainted with the instrument.

Alternative Form Available

An engraved copy of the score, published by Da Capo Music Ltd in 1992, is also on file.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some loss of detail to the edge of several pages of the score.

Location of Originals

"Anthony Burgess Papers", Harry Ransom Center: The University of Texas, Austin.


BURGESS, Anthony et al.: Anthony Burgess: The Man and his Music. (metier, msv77202, 2013) Performed by John TURNER (recorder) and Harvey DAVIES (piano). 2CD.