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Grand Duo

Composer: Friedrich Kuhlau

Instrument: Flute and Piano

Level: Advanced

Published: 2013

Price: €26.00

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  • Description +
    • Edited by András Adorján
      Duration: 21 min.

      Friedrich Kuhlau’s (1768‐1832) Grand Duo, originally composed for violin and piano, is a masterpiece in his chamber music oeuvre. It soon became so popular, that within a short time after its composition it was arranged for the flute by the French flautist Paul Hippolyte Camus (1796-1869). When Kuhlau heard  about Camus’ great interest in his music, he was so pleased, that he proposed to write a new flute sonata and dedicate it to him! A plan, which unfortunately never came to fruition.

      World premiere recording:

      Dannemark, Dannemark !
      Recital for flute and piano
      András Adorján & Tove Lønskov
      Premiers Horizons, REF. 070.150
      Association Jean-Pierre Rampal

  • Instrumentation +
    • Flute and Piano

  • 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.