A collection of works for Guitar and Flute

The combination of the flute and guitar has been described as enchanting and beautiful and this is surely demonstrated by the works featured on this recording.

Dinah plays a Muramatsu flute

Adam plays a Ramirez guitar

1. Prelude; 2. Contredanse; 3. 1st & 2nd Gavotte; 4. 1st & 2nd Passepied
Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764) (arr. A. Pounds)
The four pieces by Rameau are taken from his opera ‘Zais’ and his ballet ‘La Princesse de Navarre’. Originally for orchestra, these pieces work well for the flute and guitar especially in the two Passepieds where the guitar is able to exploit its characteristic timbres.
5. Menuet de Trompette, Autre Menuet, Autre; 6. Rondeau dans Zaide
Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
The French composer Michel Blavet was also a flute virtuoso. The two short pieces featured on this recording come from a collection of eight published by Leduc.

The guitar is stylistically acceptable as a continuo instrument in the early works by Blavet and Rameau but it is perhaps in the other compositions where the combination of the two instruments brings a different perspective on well known pieces.

7. 'The Little Shepherd'
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) (arr. A. Pounds)
‘The Little Shepherd’ is the fifth movement from ‘Children’s Corner’, a suite for solo piano composed by Debussy and dedicated to his daughter Claude-Emma (known as "Chou-Chou"), who was three years old at the time.
8. Pavane
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
The Pavane by Faure is one of his best known pieces. It was written in 1882 and was originally a piano piece. It is perhaps best known in the orchestral version, sometimes performed with the addition of a chorus. The direct simplicity of the guitar and flute enhances the quality of the melodic line and the guitar gives clarity to the harmonic progressions.
9.Gymnopedie; 10.Gnossienne
Erik Satie (1866-1925)(arr. A. Pounds)
The two pieces that follow are both by Erik Satie. He was born in Honfleur where it is still possible to visit his house the décor and character of which clearly demonstrates the eccentric nature of this composer. Both the Gymnopedie and the Gnossienne are dance like in character with an underlying mood of melancholy. The word ‘Gnossienne’ was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new "type" of composition.
Three Pieces for Flute & Guitar From Five Short Pieces for piano
11. Andante, 12. Moderato, 13. Allegro moderato
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) (arr. A. Pounds-premiere recording)

Three Pieces for Flute and Guitar have been arranged from the Five Short Pieces for Piano composed by Lennox Berkeley in 1936. Berkeley (of part-French descent) was a composer for both the flute and the guitar having written very fine concertos for both instruments. It is fitting, therefore, that the two instruments are brought together on this recording as a tribute to Adam’s composition teacher.

14. Corcovado
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Corcovado comes from The Saudades do Brasil (1920), Op. 67. This is a suite of twelve dances for piano by Darius Milhaud, composed after his visit to Latin America in 1917-1918. Milhaud uses extended tonality in this piece but within a traditional tango rhythm.

15. Entr'acte
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

The Entr'acte is one of Ibert’s most well-recognised works. In 1935 Ibert wrote incidental music for a French production of Pedro Calderón's El médico de su honra. The entr'acte of that music was published that same year for flute or violin and guitar or harp.

To the right you can listen to a section of each of the tracks on the CD using the Flash Player and above you will find in depth information about each of the works on the disc by clicking on the respective title.