Chaminade Autumn for Flute and Piano




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Chaminade Three Pieces for Flute and Piano

Chaminade Three Pieces for Flute and Piano

Falls House Press
Originally written for piano


Created around 1893, Automne stands as one of Chaminade’s enduringly cherished compositions for the solo piano. Originally featured in her inaugural collection of Études de concert (Op.35), Automne has emerged as the most widely recorded piece from this set. Showcasing the conventional Romantic flair reminiscent of Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, Chaminade’s Automne gracefully embodies a tender musical study for the piano.

This piece has been expertly arranged for flute and piano by flautist, Trevor Wye.

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (1857-1944) was a French composer and renowned pianist.

Chaminade’s talent was recognised early on when she performed her compositions for Georges Bizet in 1869. In 1878, she gave a salon performance solely featuring her own compositions, marking the start of her career as a composer. Despite her father’s opposition to her attending the Paris Conservatoire, she studied composition privately with Benjamin Godard and other notable Professors.

She gave her first public recital at the age of 18 and gained recognition through concert tours. As a solo pianist, she proved popular with audiences in both the UK and the USA.

She gave her debut London performance in 1892 and in 1908, Chaminade achieved her American debut, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also became the first female composer to receive admission to the Order of the Legion of Honour in 1913. While her piano salon music and songs enjoyed wide popularity, her more serious works, including an opera, a ballet, and orchestral suites, received mixed reviews, often influenced by gender stereotypes rather than the merits of her compositions.

Chaminade’s extensive body of work comprises more than 400 compositions, including a wide range of piano pieces and songs. She also ventured into various other genres, such as opera, orchestral suites, ballet, and notably, her beloved “Concertino Opus 107” for flute and piano.

Trevor Wye

Trevor Wye, a British flautist born in 1935, is a professional flautist, teacher, author, and editor. He is known for his technical and repertoire books for the flute, particularly the widely popular “Practice Books for Flute” series, which has been translated into eleven languages. Additionally, he founded the British Flute Society and established the International Summer School for Flute.

Wye began learning the flute at the age of 15 and received private instruction from renowned flautists Geoffrey Gilbert and Marcel Moyse. He worked as a freelance chamber and orchestral player in London for many years and has recorded numerous solo performances. He also served as a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music in London and taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 21 years, where he focused on flute teaching, chamber music coaching, and conducting the RNCM Wind Band.

Wye continues to travel around the world, offering masterclasses in Europe, the USA, and Japan. His contributions to flute education and music have been highly regarded, and he remains actively involved in sharing his expertise and passion for the flute.

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