Previn Peaches for Flute and Piano


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Previn Peaches for Flute and Piano

Previn Peaches for Flute and Piano

Composer: Andre Previn
Publisher-Chester Music
Level-Intermediate to advancing flautist.


“Peaches,” composed around 1978, is a radiant and vibrant work, evoking a sense of prosperity and well-being after a period of global upheaval. The use of peaches as a theme in art, particularly in the works of famous Impressionist painters, symbolizes an introduction to Realism, representing the natural processes of growth, decay, and the honest expression of one’s innermost feelings. Just as summer, the season of peaches, signifies vitality and a transition between renewal and reflection. Previn’s “Peaches” captures the essence of closing one chapter and embarking on a new one. It encapsulates the joy of embracing the present moment while nostalgically reminiscing about a rosy past.

André Previn

André Previn, (1929-2019) was a highly accomplished German-born American pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. With a profound affinity for French, Russian, and English music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Previn’s talent was recognised from a young age. Fleeing Nazi persecution, his family settled in Los Angeles in 1939. Previn gained recognition as a gifted jazz pianist during his teenage years and went on to contribute to orchestrations and arrangements for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s. From 1952 to 1960, he worked under contract with MGM and received Academy Awards for his music scores in notable films such as “Gigi” (1958), “Porgy and Bess” (1959), “Irma la Douce” (1963), and “My Fair Lady” (1964).

Previn’s conducting journey began in 1951 when he studied under Pierre Monteux while stationed in San Francisco with the U.S. Army. He made his conducting debut with the St. Louis Symphony in 1963 and subsequently served as the principal conductor for the Houston, London, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. From 1985 to 1989, he held the position of musical director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Throughout his career, Previn also collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic, serving as musical director from 1985 to 1988 and principal conductor from 1988 to 1991. Additionally, he held the title of conductor laureate for the London Symphony from 1993. As a guest conductor, Previn showcased his talent with renowned orchestras in Europe and the United States.

Diverse in his compositions, Previn ventured into various genres. His works encompassed a Symphony for Strings (1962); concertos for cello (1968), guitar (1971), piano (1985), and violin (2001); orchestral compositions like Principals (1980) and Honey and Rue (1992); chamber music including the String Quartet with Soprano (2003); the opera “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1998), based on Tennessee Williams’ play; theatrical music; and songs. His remarkable achievements garnered numerous Grammy Awards across multiple categories, including musical shows, pop, jazz, and classical.

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