Sonata for flute & piano by Macfarren (1883)

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MACFARREN, Sir George Alexander (1813 - 1887)
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  • Movements: (1) allegro gentile (2) presto (3) andante con moto (4) allegro vivace
  • Instrumentation: flute & piano
  • Difficulty Level: advanced [ UK grade 8-9]
  • Duration: cca. (1)7:30 (2)4:00 (3)5:00 (4)6:40
  • Genre: English Romantic
  • Format: Printed sheet music or digital PDF [60 pp]
  • Extras: mp3 digital download play-alongs [zip file size 33 MB]

This substantial work for flute is a wonderful addition to the advanced flute player's repertoire. Composed by Macfarren the 'English Mendelssohn', the piano and flute share and discuss the music in true sonata style, with all four movements presenting technical challenges for both players. Macfarren was blind when he composed the work and had to rely upon the services of an amanuensis. The sonata is dedicated to Oluf Svendsen, who probably gave its first performance in London on May 2nd 1883.

[computer generated extracts from all 4 movements]