Variations on a Danish National Anthem
Composer: Louis Drouët
Instrument: Flute and Piano
Edited by András Adorján
Duration: 6 min.
These variations on a Danish national anthem Dannemark, Dannemark! by the dutch flute virtuoso Louis Drouët (1792‐1873), never reached a similar popularity as his better known variations on the British national anthem God save the King. However, they demonstrate the same qualities and ask for resembling instrumental abilities and are here published here for the first time in a modern edition.
World premiere recording:
Dannemark, Dannemark !
Recital for flute and piano
András Adorján & Tove Lønskov
Premiers Horizons, REF. 070.150
Association Jean-Pierre Rampal
Flute and Piano
About the composer +
Perhaps the most peripatetic flutist in the age of travelling virtuosi, the Dutch virtuoso Louis Droëet played at the age of seven at the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied composition under Etienne Nicolas Mëhul and Antoine Reicha. In c1807, aged about fifteen, he was appointed flute soloist to Louis Bonaparte, King of The Netherlands, and presented with a crystal flute by Laurent (NL-Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum). The French Emperor Napoleon, the king's brother, invited him to Paris in 1811 and gave him a similar appointment and gift. While in Paris he rivalled Tulou as France's most popular flutist for two seasons.
Droëet subsequently visited England as a traveling virtuoso, and was noted for the brilliance of his playing though not for its touching qualities. In the following years he made a brief venture into the flute manufacturing business with Cornelius Ward (c1796-1872), a former foreman at Tebaldo Monzani's workshop, bulding flutes in the 'Nicholson' style for the booming English market. He toured Europe with great success, living in Naples for three years, and visiting Paris and London at Mendelssohn's invitation in 1828-29. He made other successful tours to Paris and London (1832), London again, for command performances before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (1841), New York (1854), and Frankfurt (1860).
Droëet first tried a Boehm flute while visiting New York in 1854, when he praised the instrument and wrote a set of studies for it, dedicated to New York's foremost exponent of the new flute, Philip Ernst.