Serenade op. 41 for Piano and Flute (Violin)
Urtext Edition, paperbound
replaces HN 301
Pages: 36 (V, 23, 8), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 934 · ISMN 979-0-2018-0934-2
Level of difficulty (Flute): difficult (Level 7)
The Serenade op. 41 is based on Beethoven’s Opus 25 for flute, violin and viola. Although the version for piano and flute (or violin) did not originate from the composer – but was probably undertaken by the composer Franz Xaver Kleinheinz –, Beethoven did, however, “look through it and substantially improve some passages”, as he assured his publishers Hoffmeister & Kühnel in September 1803. With the accolade “revue par l’Auteur”, the arrangement was soon widely disseminated. We are publishing a revised edition of this charming serenade, incorporating the latest scholarly Beethoven research (to date HN 301). It contains new, extensive texts concerning the genesis and source situation.
The levels of difficulty of the
music for flute published by G. Henle Publishers
The levels of difficulty of the flute music published by G. Henle Publishers
"The task is easy - yet easy is difficult"
(„Zwar ist es leicht, doch ist das Leichte schwer")
Goethe has Mephisto say this in "Faust II" and the categorizing of musical works according to their levels of difficulty is thus relative in the extreme! Relative – depending on the perspective of a teacher, a student or a performer; nevertheless using our Henle criteria we are trying to differentiate between works, grading them according to whether they are easy, medium or difficult. This classification system is intended as an orientation and a help for those trying to find a suitable work amongst all of the excellent Urtext editions. In order not to be daunted by pieces with the level of difficulty 9, perhaps we might somewhat subjectively claim that with practice Goethe's quotation may be reversed: "The task is difficult, yet difficult [may become] easy [too]!"
András Adorján © 2013