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Fantasy on La Traviata for Flute and Piano

  • Highly recommended

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £20 a year.

Continuing the Romantic tradition of fantasias on well-known operas, Taballione’s music is based on Verdi’s La Traviata, which was first performed in 1853. The ‘big tunes’ have since become known the world over, making the opera an ideal candidate for the fantasia treatment (and indeed, a number of flute works already exist based on this work).

Taballione’s version, which draws on earlier fantasias by Bazzini and Génin as well as incorporating new, original material, allows for plenty of opportunity to play the ‘big tunes’ as well as to demonstrate technical skill in fast moving passages. Although virtuosic in character, the music is not particularly difficult, making it potentially an ideal piece for light relief after a Grade 8 exam, or as an enjoyable recital addition.

The score is well presented with well-considered layout and practical page turns. The piano part is mostly accompanimental and chordal, with some moments of counter melody in the bass. The flute part requires a low B.

This is an enjoyable piece which is likely to appeal to students, amateurs and professionals alike.

Carla Rees

From the Publisher

The aim of this work is to give the transverse flute repertoire a more extensive fantasy on the Traviata compared to those already present in our literature: a review of the work perhaps less inclined to the virtuosic aspect for its own sake, but more brought to that beautiful song that has made Giuseppe Verdi and the famous Italian opera school in the world.

Performance duration (approx): 16'

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Riverberi Sonori
Publisher's reference: RS1095
Our Stock Code: 1465402
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (21 pages [score])