Kuhlau 6 Divertissements Opus 68 for Solo Flute


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Kuhlau 6 Divertissements Opus 68 for Solo Flute

Kuhlau 6 Divertissements Opus 68 for Solo Flute

Publisher-Edition Peters
Edited by Taffanel


  • Divertissement No. 1 G major
  • Divertissement No. 2 D major
  • Divertissement No. 3 H major
  • Divertissement No. 4 Eb major
  • Divertissement No. 5 G major
  • Divertissement No. 6 C# min

Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau

Kuhlau (1786-1832) was a Danish pianist and composer who played a significant role during the late Classical and early Romantic periods.

Kuhlau excelled as a concert pianist and composer of Danish opera, and he also introduced Beethoven’s works to audiences in Copenhagen. Despite losing all his unpublished manuscripts in a house fire, he left a remarkable legacy of over 200 published works across various genres. Many of his compositions were dedicated to the flute, even though he didn’t personally play the instrument.

Born in Germany, Kuhlau moved to Hamburg to pursue piano studies and made his debut as a concert pianist. In 1810, he sought refuge in Copenhagen to avoid conscription in the Napoleonic Army and established himself as a piano teacher and composer. He later became a non-salaried musician in the Danish Court and obtained Danish citizenship.

Known for his flute compositions, Kuhlau was often referred to as “the Beethoven of the flute” during his lifetime. His piano sonatinas and flute works remain widely performed and recorded today.

The International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition has been held since 1970 in honour of the composer.


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