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Flute Concerto (Piano Reduction)

By Peter Benoit

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Flute and Piano
Composed by Peter Benoit (1835-1901). Woodwinds - Flute. Metropolis Music Publishers #FP7297EM. Published by Metropolis Music Publishers (IS.FP7297EM).

Item Number: IS.FP7297EM

ISBN 9790365072972.

Peter Benoit, one of the great Flemish Romantic composers and often considered the origin of the Flemish School, was better known for his piano and choral music than for his wind music. Nevertheless, his one entry into the flute repertoire - the Concerto - is an exemplary piece of high Romanticism that combines symphonic writing with idiomatic, virtuosic flute technique. Composed as part of a 'legendary triptych' - the Stories and Ballads for Piano, the Symphonic Tale for Piano and orchestra, and the Flute Concerto - the three movements show the Concerto for the tone poem it is at heart. The first Preludium (Will-o'-the-Wisps) begins with a fiery orchestral fanfare, with an equally grand entrance by the soloist that introduces the first theme and launches the movement into the formidable back-and-forth between soloist and orchestral forces. The second, Melancholia, somewhat resembles the Molique Andante in its construction - a clear, wistful theme is embellished and carefully expanded into a full musical showpiece for flute. The Finale (Dance of the Wisps) then immediately launches into a display of the flutist's agility, moving through various permutations of the theme before coming to an exuberant, grateful landing.

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