ALKAN - STARR; Comme le vent (Like the WInd), for 4 flutes and piano

Charles-Valentin ALKAN
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

This work, in my transcription for 4 flutes and piano, will hopefully be of interest to flutists for two reasons. First, the transcription adds to the flute quartet repertoire a virtuoso showpiece that represents the zenith of sustained velocity for the flute, made practical by the division of lines among four flutists. Second, Alkan’s work – which is obscure even among pianists – is a masterpiece of 19th C. descriptive music. It was originally composed for piano solo, and has been performed by only three pianists in history (one was Alkan), so difficult is it. The work lends itself to theatrical presentation, as I have outlined on the cover page. My transcription has been performed in this manner, with great success – and I hope that other flute quartets will continue this tradition with even more creative presentations, possibly featuring film or video, for example.

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