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Concertino (for flute)

Cécile Chaminade, Op. 107/arr. by Clayton Wilson
Sarah Finegan, flute soloist ( May 11, 2008 )

Concertino is a rhapsodic, romantic solo work for flute with band accompaniment. It features two main themes, plus many melodic episodes. Since the work displays such thorough knowledge and appreciation of the expressive and technical qualities of the flute, it has remained one of the great standards of the instrument’s literature.

Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), born in Paris, enjoyed a long and fruitful musical life. She studied at first with her mother, then with several professionals, but not officially, since her father disapproved of her musical education. She started composing at eight. At sixteen she embarked on a highly successful career as a concert pianist, traveling extensively at home and abroad. In 1913, she was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, a first for a female composer. Although she wrote several larger works of considerable merit, she is mostly noted for her short and charming pieces for piano.

Last updated on July 18, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band