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20th century

21st century

Solo repertoire


Alto flute

Bass flute

Grétry André Ernest Modeste

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 for flute, two horns and string orchestra in C Major

Concerto for flute, two horns and string orchestra in C Major

By Grétry André Ernest Modeste

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.   

Jean-Pierre Rampal

Orchestre De Chambre De Paris, 1950, Decca

1. Allegro, 2. Larghetto, 3. Allegro

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Grétry André Ernest Modeste

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.