The Gardens of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici for Flute, Cello and Piano
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This is a mesmerising piece which weaves a spell over the listener with its Japanese minimalist style. The first movement, Just to see something beautiful, opens with a long flute solo, joined eventually by high piano fluttering which takes us immediately to the Orient. Fools hurry is more animated with the cello taking a more active role. The piano ending is beautiful. The third movement is sad and heartbreaking with a cascading central section. This is a lovely piece - don't miss it!
From the Publisher
This trio is inspired by the last of the Medicis, the remarkable Anna Maria Luisa (1667-1743), who left Italy for Germany for twenty-six years while married to Johann Wilhelm of Saxony. Just one facet of her colourful life influences the composition: each of the three movements reveals her love of nature under cultivation.
Performance duration (approx): 15'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Just to see something beautiful
- Fools hurry, clever ones wait, wise ones walk in the garden
- Villa quieter: andante poco mesto