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20th century

21st century

Solo repertoire


Alto flute

Bass flute

Devienne François

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Devienne, François

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Graf, Friedrich Hartmann

Grétry, André Ernest Modeste

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Hoffmeister, Franz Anton

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk

Jadin, Louis-Emmanuel

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Müller, August Eberhard

Reicha, Josef

Romberg, Bernhard

Rosetti, Francesco Antonio

Schwindel, Friedrich

Stamitz, Anton

Stamitz, Carl Philipp

Concerto No 13 in G Major for flute and orchestra

By Devienne François

F. Devienne flute concerto No. 13 in G Major most likely was written at the turn of the 19th century, during his last years.

The title of Demar's edition shows the dedication of the work to Devienne's former colleague and teacher Rault which may have been prompted by his death around 1800.

"While there are some speculations that Devienne’s apparent absence from Parisian musical life during the years 1786–88 creates a window when Concerto No. 13 might have been composed, a number of the technical devices he employs in the work are not encountered until after 1800 and the high musical quality of the work invites immediate comparison with the best of his concertos from the 1790s. This is apparent both in the thematic richness of the work – the first movement is almost profligate in the number of thematic ideas introduced and subsequently discarded – but also in the sophistication of the orchestral writing.

For the first time in any of his concertos, Devienne writes a specific part for the bassoon rather than including it merely as a doubling instrument to reinforce the bass line. In the second movement, he even uses the bassoon to double the first violin, a novel touch that introduces a new and subtle change of sonority. The use of simpler ABACA Rondo structures in the second and third movements is an effective foil to the length and complexity of the first movement, but this simplicity of structure is not matched by a corresponding reduction of complexity in the solo part which once again combines lightness, elegance, and breathtaking virtuosity."
Allan Badley

Overall Devienne composed thirteen flute concertos. From 1782-1784 he composed the first three, the following 6 concertos were published between 1787-1794, and the last three concertos were composed during Devienne's last years.

Patrick Gallois

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, 2018, NAXOS

1. Allegro assai

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Patrick Gallois

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, 2018, NAXOS

2. Romance: Andante

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Patrick Gallois

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, 2018, NAXOS

3. Allegro con tanto

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Devienne François

François Devienne (1759-1803) was a French composer, bassoonist and flutist who during his lifetime became known as the "Mozart of the Flute". In 1974 Devienne published his method for the one-keyed flute which helped him to secure his professor position at the Paris Conservatoire in 1795. Devienne wrote mostly for wind instruments, including dozen flute concertos. 

Born in 1759 in Joinville, Haute-Marne in the Champagne-Ardenne, he received his earliest musical training from Morizot, the organist in Joinville. After spending several years of music studies from various teachers he took a bassoonist position in the orchestra of the Opéra in Paris in 1779. There he pursued flute studies with the orchestra’s principal flautist, Félix Rault to whom he later dedicated the last of his flute concertos.
From 1780 until 1785 he entered the service of Cardinal de Rohan as a chamber musician. Additionally, like many prominent musicians of the 18th-century, he joined the Freemasons, and some sources claim that most likely he became a member of the orchestra of the Loge Olympique during the 1780s in which he would have worked closely with its extraordinary leader, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

On 24 December 1782 Devienne premiered as a flute soloist with "a new flute concerto", probably his Flute Concerto No. 1 in D major, at the Concert Spirituel.
From 1782 to 1785 Devienne appeared at the Concert Spirituel as a soloist on at least 18 occasions but after 3 April 1785 he did not perform there again for another four years. His place of employment during this period is uncertain but it is possible that he may have been at Versailles as a member of the Band of the Swiss Guards.

In the autumn of 1790 he joined the military band of the Paris National Guard where his duties included teaching music to the children of French soldiers. This organization officially became the Free School of Music of the National Guard in 1792 which in 1795 became the Paris Conservatoire.

As a result of his teaching experience at The Free School, Devienne wrote a method for the one-keyed flute that was published in 1794. This well-known work contains information on flute technique and performance practice as well as a series of flute duets of progressive difficulty. When the Paris Conservatoire was established the following year, Devienne was appointed one of its nine elected administrators and professor of flute. Five of his students won prizes at the Conservatoire between 1797 and 1801; and one of them, Joseph Guillou, was later appointed professor of flute as well.
Overall Devienne composed thirteen flute concertos.