Concertino for Flute

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Cecile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade (trans. Joseph Kreines)

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This work bears the designation Opus 107.

General Info

Year: 1902 /
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Flute and orchestra
Publisher: Aeolus Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00


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Program Notes

Commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire for their annual Concours Competition, the Concertino was originally composed for flute and orchestra, although it is now more frequently performed with piano accompaniment. Possessing a memorable melodic theme, the piece tests the performer through the unending phrases, virtuosic flourishes and the resultant nimble fingerwork required. The structure is clearly identifiable through the themes that mark each of the sections: the lyrical melody that opens the work, the exciting piu animato that ends with a demanding cadenza, and the final recapitulation that is followed by a cheeky and vivacious codetta that brings the work to a dramatic close.

- Program Note from Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 April 2016

The Flute Concertino was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1902 (presumably as an examination piece for flute students) where the celebrated French flutist and teacher Paul Taffanel, to whom the Concertino was dedicated, taught. Among flutists, legend has it that Cécile Chaminade wrote the Concertino to punish a flute-playing lover after he left her to marry someone else, wanting to make a piece so fiendishly difficult that he could not play it (though he supposedly did manage).

- Program Note from Austin Symphonic Band concert program, 2 April 2018


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