Kuhlau and Briccialdi Duets for Two Flutes and Piano


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Kuhlau and Briccialdi Duets for Two Flutes and Piano

Kuhlau and Briccialdi Duets for Two Flutes and Piano

Publisher-Edition Kossack
2 flutes and piano

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 Despite losing all his unpublished manuscripts in a house fire, he left a remarkable legacy of over 200 published works across various genres.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.


Giulio Briccialdi-Flautist/Composer

Briccialdi (1818-1881) was an Italian virtuoso flautist, professor of flute, composer and flute technician and innovator who made significant contributions to the modern-day flute. In particular, he invented the Bb thumb key for the Boehm system flute.

Born in Terni, Italy, he began his flute studies with his father and continued in Rome. He rapidly gained recognition as an esteemed performer securing notable positions including flute professor for the Count of Syracuse, brother of King Ferdinand of Bourbon of Naples.  In 1871, he became a flute professor at the Florence Conservatory, where his own flute model was adopted.

As a composer, Briccialdi focused primarily on creating paraphrases and variations of operatic themes, a genre immensely popular among audiences. He wrote a vast array of compositions including vocal music, symphonic works and operas. He also wrote an incredible 183 works for flute for the following combinations:

Flute and Piano: Works on Operatic Themes
Flute and Piano: Transcriptions of Non-Operatic Works
Two Flutes and Piano
Solo Flute
Two Flutes
Four Flutes
Chamber Music
Flute(s) and Orchestra


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