Grétry André Ernest Modeste
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Graf, Friedrich Hartmann
Grétry, André Ernest Modeste
Haydn, Franz Joseph
Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Müller, August Eberhard
Rosetti, Francesco Antonio
Stamitz, Carl Philipp
Concerto for flute, two horns and string orchestra in C Major
A.M. Grétry: Flute concerto in C Major originally was written in 1767 for the amateur flutist Willoughby Bertie, Earl of Abingdon.
Willoughby’s flute teacher was the flautist and composer Karl Gaspard Weiβ, who was a friend of Grétry. He invited Grétry to join Weiβ, radical politician John Wilkes, and Willoughby to travel to Geneva, then to Naples for the Carnival and visit Voltaire at the monastery of Grande-Chartreuse (excerpt from Grétry‘s book "Memoires, ou Essais sur la Musique" (1789). Willoughby returned to England at the end of June 1767 to get married to the daughter of Admiral Sir Peter Warren, an Irish Member of Parliament and deemed the richest commoner in the country. Soon after that Willoughby wrote Grétry who was in Paris that he is terminating his allowance in return for flute compositions, a "proposition" they entered while traveling in Rome, on the grounds that he was no longer playing the instrument.
Orchestre De Chambre De Paris, 1950, Decca
1. Allegro, 2. Larghetto, 3. Allegro
André Grétry (1741-1813) was a Belgian (later French) composer who is mostly known for his opéras comiques.
Upon his arrival to Paris in 1767, Grétry wrote almost 50 operas, combining Italian comic opera (opera buffa) and French lyric tragedy (tragedie lyrique) styles, creating popular synthesis. Besides composing operas, Grétry was writer as well. In 1789 he published his "Essays on Music", and in 1802: "On Truth, or What We Were, What We are, What We Ought To Be" providing valuable reading for those who want to know what happened in Europe at transition from the Classical to the Romantic periods.