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Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein for Flute and Piano

Now the Sun has Gone to Rest

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

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.

Hinunter is der Sonne Schein (Now that the sun has gone to rest) is a suite in six short parts for flute and keyboard instrument (indicated as ‘organ, chest organ, piano, harpsichord’) written and premiered by Graap at the organ in 2019. The piece is a setting of an evensong of the same title written by German cantor Melchior Vulpuis in the 16th century. Graap, born in the historical region of Silesia in 1933, has had a long and successful career as an organist, cantor, director of music and, most recently, a lecturer in organ playing. The influence of church music, mixed with Graap’s teacher Paul Hindemith, in this piece is clear; the first and fourth movements are chorale-like passages for solo keyboard, followed by the other movements in which the flute enters with simple melodies entirely in the low-middle register of the flute. The performers are given liberty with colour and phrasing as dynamic markings are only given at start of movements and there are no articulation markings. The flexibility of instrumentation plus the simplicity of the flute part makes this a piece programmable in a variety of contexts.

Katy Ovens

From the Publisher

The melody of the evening song "Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein" comes from Melchior Vulpius, born around 1570 in Wasungen (Thuringia). The arrangement of the melody into a suite for flute and keyboard instrument was created at the end of a concert in Linnich. The premiere was on November 8, 2019 and took place in the Evangelische Stadtkirche zu Linnich. The performers were the dedicatee Wiebke Harbeck (flute) and the composer. (Lothar Graap)

Difficulty guide: 5
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


Six short interlinking sections:

  1. Liedtempo
  2. lebhaft
  3. sehr ruhig
  4. Liedtempo
  5. massig bewegt
  6. festlich

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano or Harpsichord or Organ
Category: Contemporary Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Edition Dohr
Publisher's reference: DOHR20086
Our Stock Code: 1636901
Media Type: Paperback (10 pages [score])

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