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The Elves : arranged for flute quartet by Christine Draeger, from a flute and piano piece by John Lemmone

by Christine Draeger (1992)

Work Overview

The Australian flute player John Lemmone (1861-1949) is remebered as the friend, associate artist and sometime manager of Dame Nellie Melba. In their concerts together he would play flute obligatos from the operatic repertoire with Melba. He would also perform flute solos, some of which were his own compositions. He wrote around 15 flute solos, most with piano accompaniment. The Elves is typical of Lemonne's romantic, salon style based on a whimsical, programatic idea.

When I started Tucan Flute Quartet in 1992, I was looking for Australian music to play. There wasn't much around so I wrote some pieces and also arranged some. I particularly wanted to include a piece by Lemonne as he was such an ineresting figure in Australian flute playing history.

Work Details

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: flute quartet: piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Tucana Flute Quartet

First performance: by Rosamund Plummer, Carla Thackrah, Christine Draeger, Lisa Breckenridge — 10 Sep 92. St Lawrence Arts Centre, George St, Sydney

Arrangement of an early 20th Century salon stlye piece for flute and piano by John Lemmone.

Performances of this work

10 Sep 92: St Lawrence Arts Centre, George St, Sydney. Featuring Rosamund Plummer, Carla Thackrah, Christine Draeger, Lisa Breckenridge.

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