Composer: Friedrich Kuhlau
Instrument: Flute Ensemble
Arranged by Toke Lund Christiansen
Edited by András Adorján
Duration: 15 min.
This edition is an arrangement of the „Ballet music from Elverhøj“ for 11 flutes and harp, prepared for concerts held in Copenhagen (1986) and in Cologne and Munich (1987) to celebrate Kuhlau’s 200th and 201st birthdays, respectively.
The present audio extract is from a live recording of the concert at the Herkulessaal in Munich on December 18th, 1986, produced by the Association Jean-Pierre Rampal on the French label PREMIERS HORIZONS (CD ref. 070.143) in 2011.
The flutist were the flautists Jean-Pierre Rampal, András Adorján, William Bennett, Michel Debost, Hiroshi Hari, Auréle Nicolet, Ransom Wilson, the Kuhlau-Kvartet (Toke Lund Christiansen, Henrik Svitzer, Ole Birger Pedersen, Bent Larsen);and the harpist Sonja Gislinge.
11 Flutes and Harp
About the composer +
Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau (11 September 1786 – 12 March 1832) was a German-born Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods. He was a central figure of the Danish Golden Age and is immortalized in Danish cultural history through his music for Elves' Hill, the first true work of Danish National Romanticism and a concealed tribute to the absolute monarchy. To this day it is his version of this melody which is the definitive arrangement.
During his lifetime, Kuhlau was known primarily as a concert pianist and composer of Danish opera, but was responsible for introducing many of Beethoven's works, which he greatly admired, to Copenhagen audiences. Considering that his house burned down destroying all of his unpublished manuscripts, he was a prolific composer leaving more than 200 published works in most genres.