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Anton Reicha

Anton Reicha (ed. Matt Johnston)

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This work may be found under the title Quartetto, for Four Flutes. It bears the designation Opus 12.

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 17:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $29.00; (digital) - $29.00


1. Allegro – 6:30
2. Andante – 3:35
3. Minuetto: Allegro vivace - Poco lento – 2:55
4. Finale: Allegro vivace – 4:40


Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV (IV or Alto Flute)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on source material from the archive of the Danish National Library in Copenhagen, this newly-engraved reconstruction of the Sinfonico, Op. 12 by Anton Reicha for flute quartet, includes a full score and five parts. Originally scored for four C flutes, an additional alto flute transposition for the fourth flute part is provided.

At the time of composition, this work was likely overshadowed by his immensely popular wind quintets; hence it is still not known exactly what year it was composed. Still, though, Reicha’s astute attention to detail and form lies at the core of the quartet, lending it its distinctive nickname. The four movements are indeed constructed in a symphonic sonata form -- Allegro; Andante; Minuetto (Allegro Vivace); and the Finale.

While the original aim was to assemble a full score while recreating the individual parts faithfully, editorial decisions were made throughout to correct many serious inconsistencies between the parts, especially regarding articulations and dynamics, and even including differences in tempo markings. The resulting standardized, consistent editions should allow students and teachers more effective -- and more efficient -- learning and instruction.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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