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Louis Drouët

Quartet for flute and strings

Flute ∑ violin ∑ viola ∑ violoncello

edited by Michael Elphinstone

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While the quartet for flute and strings in C major (c. 1827) by itinerant flute virtuoso Louis DrouŽt belongs to a genre that had seen its heyday in the late 1770s and early 1780s, this composition shares few characteristics with its Classical predecessors. It is fundamentally a light-hearted showpiece for the flute in which the strings are relegated to an accompanying role.

Set in four movements (the first in sonata-allegro form, the second a relatively brief adagio, the third ostensibly a minuetto and trio but in reality a scherzo, and the fourth a rondo), this quartet is very much a product of its time, when musical considerations frequently took second place to instrumental technique and bravura. However, the deceptively demanding flute part of DrouŽt's quartet also features episodes that afford evidence of the flautistís undeniable melodic gift, with the result that this work is both rewarding to perform and enjoyable to listen to.




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Quartet for flute and strings
hh548.fsp  ∑ ISMN 979 0 708185 63 5 ∑ ISBN 978 1 914137 19 8
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