Composer: Friedrich Kuhlau
Instrument: Flute Ensemble
Arranged by Toke Lund Christiansen
Edited by András Adorján
Duration: 15 min.
This edition is an arrangement of the „Ballet music from Elverhøj“ for 11 flutes and harp, prepared for concerts held in Copenhagen (1986) and in Cologne and Munich (1987) to celebrate Kuhlau’s 200th and 201st birthdays, respectively.
The present audio extract is from a live recording of the concert at the Herkulessaal in Munich on December 18th, 1986, produced by the Association Jean-Pierre Rampal on the French label PREMIERS HORIZONS (CD ref. 070.143) in 2011.
The flutist were the flautists Jean-Pierre Rampal, András Adorján, William Bennett, Michel Debost, Hiroshi Hari, Auréle Nicolet, Ransom Wilson, the Kuhlau-Kvartet (Toke Lund Christiansen, Henrik Svitzer, Ole Birger Pedersen, Bent Larsen);and the harpist Sonja Gislinge.
11 Flutes and Harp
About the composer +
Friedrich Kuhlau was born in 1786 in Uelzen in Germany and died in 1832 in Denmark in Lyngby near Copenhagen. 1810 he had decided to settle in Denmark in order to avoid forced conscription in the Napoleonic army and was granted Danish citizenship as early as 1813. With his incidental music (op. 100) to Elverhøj (The Elf Hill), composed for a play by the Danish poet Johan Ludwig Heiberg (1791–1860), Kuhlau became the Danish composer of his time.
He was one of the most prolific composers for flute. His works include music for flute in various combinations – for flute alone, two flutes, three flutes, four flutes, flute and piano, three quintetts for flute and strings and this trio for two flutes and piano. Besides providing good literature for the flute Kuhlau was equally productive and successful composing for the piano.