Alwyn, W :: Divertimento

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  • Composer
    Alwyn, W
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Boosey & Hawkes [M060010309]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
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Divertimento
Alwyn, W

The Divertimento for Solo Flute was written for the 1941 Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music, held in New York. Exploring his intimate knowledge of the instrument, Alwyn composed a contrapuntal work which contains a Prelude and Fugue, Variations on a Ground, a Gavotte, and Jig. The music of this Divertimento has, in places, been written on two staves, in order to show more clearly the intended contrapuntal effect of two independent parts. This effect is obtained by using the characteristic qualities of the different registers of the flute, such as Bach wrote in his unaccompanied suites for solo instruments. The work was given its first performance by French flutist Rene le Roy, but the composer only learned of this and its great success some time later, as Britain was in the depths of war. It still holds its place in the repertoire of virtuoso flutists today.

  • Composer
    Alwyn, W
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Boosey & Hawkes [M060010309]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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