Biography of Kronke Emil:
Emile Kronke was born in Danzig in 1865 and settled in Dresden. Greatly inspired by the German flute centre there, he composed many pieces for the flute. Deux Papillons (‘Two Butterflies’) is a delightful and light-hearted piece with stylistic influences from Schumann. Telemann’s Trio in F Major was originally scored for recorders and continuo. Published in about 1739 it is
included in Telemann’s collection, the Esercizii Musici, regarded as containing some of his finest chamber music. Franz Doppler contributed greatly to the nineteenth-century virtuoso flute repertoire. Born in Poland but later settling in Hungary, he and his brother Karl were both flautists who became famous throughout Europe for their sparkling ensemble playing. Also a composer of operas, he brought an operatic style to his flute music and was influenced by Slavonic and Hungarian folk music. Duettino on Hungarian Themes was first published in in
1880. The Capriccio of 1980 by Hungarian-born Antal Doráti, the renowned conductor, is one of five pieces from his Sonata per Assisi for two flutes, written for the Festival of the Accademia Musicale Ottorino Respighi in Assisi. It was performed there by flautists Susan Milan and Maxence Larrieu. Originally written as a work for cello and piano, Fauré included Sicilienne in an orchestrated version as part of the incidental music to Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Pelleas et Melisande. Fauré was just 19 years old when he wrote the choral piece Cantique de Jean Racine, resulting in Faure being awarded a first prize when he graduated from the Ecole Niedermeyer. Both Sicilienne and Cantique are heard here in arrangements by Trevor Wye.
Vivaldi was born in Venice, reputed to be one of the foremost musical centres in Europe during the baroque era. Ordained as a priest in 1703, Vivaldi soon turned his back on the priesthood and dedicated himself to composing, employed for most of his working life at the Ospedale della Pietà. The Trio in G minor was originally scored for recorder, oboe and continuo.
Howard Harrison studied music at Dartington College of Art and is a freelance composer, teacher, performer and writer. He arranged this version of the traditional Bulgarian piece Daichava Chara, which is included in his book ‘The Most Amazing Duet Book Ever’, published by Boosey & Hawkes. Franz Doppler Andante and Rondo was written in 1870.
Arthur Sullivan was an English composer best known for his collaboration with W.S. Gilbert, resulting in their fourteen highly popular operettas. Twilight was composed for piano in 1868, dedicated to his love interest Rachel Scott Russell, and is heard here in an arrangement by William Bennett and Trevor Wye.