Suite op. 34 for Flute and Piano
Urtext Edition, paperbound
Pages: 48 (V, 31, 12), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 1218 · ISMN M-2018-1218-2
Level of difficulty (Flute): difficult (Level 9)
The name Widor is so closely associated with music for the organ that his many compositions for other instruments can easily be overlooked. The Suite for Flute and Piano, presumably composed in 1877, stands out amongst chamber music works on account of the wealth of expressive and tonal nuances. The late Romantic work is specially tailored to the possibilities of the flute; and it is no accident that it was dedicated to the most important French flautist and flute teacher of the time, Paul Taffanel, who gave its first performance in 1884. From the very beginning the four-movement Suite has been very popular and now belongs to the core repertoire for flute and piano.
Die Henle-Ausgabe bietet neben einem modernen und ansprechenden Notentext alles, was man von einer Urtext-Ausgabe erwarten darf: schönes Layout, ein ausführlicher Kritischer Bericht und ein informatives Vorwort, das die Neugierde auf Widors übrige Kammermusik zu wecken versteht.
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