Variations on Folk Songs, Op. 105 and 107 (for Flute (Violin) ad lib. & Piano). Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Armin Raab and Klaus Schilde. For Flute, Piano Accompaniment. Flute. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Score = VII and 96 * Fl (Vl) Part = 27. Softcover. 106 pages. G. Henle #HN716. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480716).
Beethoven had nothing against composing for money – with delightful results! On a commission from the Scottish folksong collector George Thompson he wrote no fewer than sixteen sets of variations for piano on traditional European folk tunes. Then, at the publisher's request, he gave these fairly difficult variations a simple but charming ad libitum flute part which, with minor alterations, can also be played on a violin.