Widor Suite Florentine-Flute and Piano


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Widor Suite Florentine-Flute and Piano

Widor Suite Florentine-Flute and Piano

Publisher-Universal Edition
Composer: Charles Marie Widor
Emmanuel Pahud presents series
Arranged Rien de Reede
Edited and revised by Emmanuel Pahud.

Emmanuel Pahud presents Charles-Marie Widor’s ‘Suite Florentine’ for violin and piano arranged for flute and piano by Rien de Reede edited and revised by Emmanuel Pahud.


  • I. Cantilena
  • II. Alle Cascine
  • III. Morbidezza
  • IV. Tragica


The Suite Florentine for violin and piano written by Charles-Marie Widor in 1919, is an arrangement of the Suite for Violin and Piano, op. 76 (1903), itself a collection of stage music from La Sulamite (1903). It was first performed at the Élysée Palace on 20 February 1919 for Queen Hélène of Italy. Widor played the piano on that occasion and dedicated the work to the Queen. Like many of Widor’s later works, it has no opus number. The suite highlights Widor’s great talent for adopting the harmonic languages of various stylistic periods and his harmony is very eclectic. Johann Sebastian Bach is a great favourite and a clear influence.

Charles Marie Widor

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), was most famous for his organ music. He was the organist of Saint Suplice in Paris and a Professor of composition and organ at the renowned Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. As a composer, he wrote 10 symphonies for organ, two operas, ballet music, and various other vocal, instrumental and orchestral works.


(N.B This youtube version is of the version by Rien de Reede)

Rien de Reede-Flautist

Rien de Reede (1942-) was flautist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for over thirty years. Before joining the orchestra, he served as co-principal in the Amsterdam Philharmonic and as a freelance solo flute with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he held the position of Professor of Flute and Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Throughout his career, Rien de Reede actively participated in various chamber music groups, including the Viotta Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Quartetto Amsterdam, a quartet for flute and strings. Notably, he was a key member of the celebrated Netherlands Wind Ensemble for over a decade, touring extensively in the USA, England, and alongside Steve Reich and his musicians.

Rien de Reede’s main interest lies in eighteenth- and twentieth-century music, leading to collaborations with esteemed Dutch composers like Rudolf Escher, Theo Loevendie, and Tristan Keuris, as well as international composers such as Isang Yun, Jean Françaix, Gottfried Michael Koenig, and Per Nørgård. His musical achievements include numerous CD recordings and performances of flute concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Jolivet for Dutch television.

Rien de Reede gives masterclasses in several countries, including Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, and the USA. In recent years, he has been conducting private lessons both in his studio in Tuscany and in Amsterdam.

Rien de Reede’s expertise as a chamber music coach is highly sought after, particularly for works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinski. He has also served as a coach for orchestral wind sections, including the European Union Youth Orchestra and Festival Junger Künstler in Bayreuth. Additionally, he is a respected jury member in flute and wind competitions.


Rien de Reede-Editor

An accomplished editor, Rien de Reede has published numerous volumes of flute music and flute-related books for Amadeus Verlag (Switzerland), Broekmans & Van Poppel, and Knuf (The Netherlands). Among his notable publications are “A Catalogue of Dutch Flute Music” (co-editor: Frans Vester), “Die Flöte in der Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung,” and “Concerning the Flute.”

In recognition of his remarkable contributions, the Italian Flute Society FALAUT awarded him the prestigious “Premio alla Carriera” in Milan in 2009, alongside Rainer Lafin and Wolfgang Schultz. Furthermore, in 2012, the Dutch Flute Society honoured him with the Kuiperprijs for his outstanding achievements in flute playing within The Netherlands.

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