Trifle no.1 for flute (or piccolo) & piano

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MACFARREN, Sir George Alexander (1813 - 1887)
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  • Instrumentation: flute & piano /  piccolo & piano
  • Difficulty Level: intermediate [played slow] or advanced [played fast]
  • Duration: 4:00" or less
  • Genre: English Romantic (1883)
  • Format: Printed sheet music or digital PDF [11 pp]
  • Extras: mp3 play-along piano accompaniment [7.5 MB]

A delightful, fun piece with plenty of 'bounce' that, although originally intended for flute, works very well for piccolo. The tempo marking poco agitato offers plenty of scope to play it as fast as possible, making it an excellent choice for an encore. The Three Trifles were dedicated to the flautist, Oluf Svendsen and first published in 1883 in the Amateur Flute Flute Players Journal.

Sir George Alexander Macfarren, the English Mendelssohn, was an English academic and composer, famous in his day and knighted by Queen Victoria for his services to music. He was also Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, Professor of Music at Cambridge University, and a friend of Mendelssohn, with whom he shared a similar compositional style. Sadly, Macfarren had been troubled with eyesight problems from a young age and was completely blind by the time that he composed the Recitative and Air, and had to rely on the services of an amanuensis.