Alto Flute from ROSSINI, Gioacchino: Sonata in F for Flute Choir, after String Sonata 5 in E flat (3fl, afl, bassfl)

After the String Sonata no 5 in E flat

Composer
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
Duration
14 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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This is the fifth of the six string sonatas the very young Rossini - he was 12! - wrote in 1804 while staying in Ravenna. Originally scored for 2 violins, cello and double bass, they were later arranged as string quartets and rearranged as wind quintets. Utterly irresistible for their melodic charm and exuberance, I just had to arrange them for flutes. No 5 is transposed to F from the original key of E flat, thus avoiding out-of-range low B flats. I have occasionally introduced a dialogue between Flutes 1 and 2 where Violin 1 in the original plays the whole line. Other than that, I have stayed as close to the original as possible, filling in harmonies with Flute 3. NOTE: 11TH BAR AFTER V, FLUTE 2, correct E# demisemiquaver to E natural. Despite reloading the score, this error has been retained. My apologies.

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