Altes 26 Selected Studies for the Flute


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Altes 26 Selected Studies for the Flute

Altes 26 Selected Studies for the Flute

Edited by George Barreres
Composer – Henry Altes

Joseph-Henri Altès

Joseph-Henri Altès (1826-1895)[1] was a French flautist, composer and teacher.

In 1840, he won a place at the Conservatoire de Paris studying with the renowned flautist/composer of the time, Jean-Louis Tulou.

From 1848 to 1872, he was Principal Flute of the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. In 1868 he was appointed as a flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire teaching students such as Georges Barrère and Adolphe Hennebains.

His ‘Célèbre méthode complète de flûte’ remains a popular method in the flute repertoire. Housed at the Paris Conservatoire are forty of his compositions, including his fantasies on opera themes and six solos used for the annual Concours at the Paris Conservatoire.

Georges Barrere

Barrere (1876-1944) was born in Bordeaux and studied at the  Paris Conservatoire with Henri Altes and Paul Taffanel. In 1894, he performed as Principal flautist at the premiere of Debussy´s Prélude à l´Après-midi d´un faune. In 1905 he emigrated with his family to New York, where he became the principal flautist of the New York Symphony. A much-loved flautist, he taught at the Juilliard School (Formerly named the Institute of Musical Art) and went on to teach an entire generation of great American flute players including William Kincaid, Samuel Baron, Frances Blaisdell, Arthur Lora and Bernard Goldberg.

  • In 1919, Barrere premiered Griffes Poem with the New York Symphony.
  • In 1920, he founded the New York Flute Club
  • 1936 – Premiere of Density 21.5 by Vareses in the Carnegie Hall on a platinum Haynes flute

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