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Composer: Friedrich Kuhlau

Instrument: Flute Ensemble

Level: Advanced

Published: 2012

Price: €41.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • Edited by András Adorján
      Duration: 11 min.

      The present edition is an arrangement for 10 flutes of one of his best known compositions for piano: his „Sonatina in G major, opus 20 No. 2“ (first published in 1820). This arrangement was made by Asger Lund Christiansen for concerts held in Copenhagen (1986) and in Cologne and Munich (1987) to celebrate Kuhlau’s 200th and 201st birthdays, respectively. The performers were the flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, András Adorján, William Bennett, Michel Debost, Aurèle Nicolet, Ransom Wilson and the Kuhlau-Kvartet (Toke Lund Christiansen, Henrik Svitzer, Ole Birger Pedersen, Bent Larsen).

  • Instrumentation +
    • Flute Ensemble:

      Piccolo, 7 Flutes and 2 Alto Flutes

  • 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 Considering that his house burned down destroying all of his unpublished manuscripts, he was a prolific composer leaving more than 200 published works in most genres.