John Baston (fl. 1708–1739) was an English Baroque composer, recorder player, and cellist. Very little is known about him, except that he was active around 1711 to 1733. As an English composer who wrote in spirited, full themes, Baston employed the use of simple harmonies that called for quick changes for the solo instrument. His instrument of choice was the recorder or flute. He may not have been exceptionally talented as a composer, but he had an ability to compose for the theater, and he performed in his own ‘interval music’ concertos in London. Several of these lively pieces were published as “Six Concertos in Six Parts for Violins and Flutes, viz. a Fifth, Sixth and Consort Flute” (1729).
My collection includes the following work by John Baston:
Concerto No. 2 in CM for Soprano Recorder, Strings, and Basso Continuo
—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources