James Galway-Vivaldi The Four Seasons Complete-Flute and Piano
James Galway-Vivaldi The Four Seasons Complete-Flute and Piano (Schirmer)
Vivaldi-The Four Seasons (arranged for flute and piano)
Italian composer, Vivaldi (1678-1741) is recognised as being one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was also a respected violinist and teacher. He composed an array of music including a number of violin concertos and a variety of other instruments, sacred choral works and over forty operas.
Among his compositions for the flute, some of the most well-known include his flute concertos and sonatas. Vivaldi’s flute concertos, such as “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch), Gran Mogol, and “La Notte” (The Night), showcase his trademark virtuosity and lively melodies. These concertos often feature brilliant solo passages, rapid scale passages, and beautiful lyrical sections, displaying Vivaldi’s ability to highlight the expressive capabilities of the flute.
In addition to concertos, Vivaldi also composed sonatas for flute and continuo, which feature a more intimate and chamber-like setting. These sonatas display Vivaldi’s inventive and melodically rich writing, creating delightful dialogues between the flute and the continuo accompaniment.
Vivaldi’s works for flute remain beloved and frequently performed, continuing to captivate audiences with their charm, technical demands, and musical brilliance.
Sir James Galway-Flautist
Renowned flautist, Sir James Galway has performed worldwide, has 98 albums to his name and has sold 30 million recordings. Throughout his extensive career, he has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors and toured extensively internationally. Galway has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings and partnered with popular artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John.
A native of Northern Ireland, Galway began his flute studies in Belfast. At the age of 16, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, followed by studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Paris Conservatoire. At the age of 21, he embarked on his orchestral career in London’s major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flautists to establish an international solo career in 1975.
Galway is a strong supporter of the arts and charitable causes and devotes much of his free time to furthering music education, sharing his wisdom and experience with the musical generation of tomorrow.
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