Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral for Flute and Piano


Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral-Flute and Piano-Schott

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Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral for Flute and Piano

Rodrigo Concierto Pastoral for Flute and Piano

Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo
Publisher: Schott
Instrumentation: Flute and Piano


This delightful concerto was written for the celebrated flautist James Galway, to whom the work is dedicated. Joaquín Rodrigo uses a small orchestra with deft colouring to support his soloist and there is a definite feeling of freedom and joy in the outdoors about the work.

There are three movements, which all feature Galway’s great virtuosity but the central movement bears the weight of the concerto, as it does in his Concierto de Aranjuez: an Adagio tinged with melancholy which is interrupted by an Allegro in pastoral rhythm announced by the flute and passing in turn to the various instruments of the orchestra in different keys; after a brilliant Cadenza for the flute it then resolves into an Allegretto for the return to the melodic theme.


  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo

Joaquín Rodrigo

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) was a prominent Spanish composer of the 20th century. Despite losing his sight at the age of three, Rodrigo began studying music early and became a pupil of Paul Dukas. During his time in France, he found a mentor in composer Manuel de Falla.

In 1939, he returned to Spain, and his Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra (1940) received great acclaim after its debut in Barcelona. This success established him as the leading Spanish composer after the Civil War.

Throughout his career, Rodrigo created remarkable music for the guitar, including works like Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (1954) for guitarist Andrés Segovia and orchestra, and Concierto Andaluz (1967) for the Romero family. Additionally, he composed concerti for other instruments, an opera, a ballet, solo guitar and piano pieces, and 60 songs.

Rodrigo also served as a musical adviser for Spain’s national radio and held the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music at the Complutense University of Madrid from 1947 to 1977.

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