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Scenes for Flute; Signs, Games and Messages for Flute [Score only]

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The cycle Scenes for solo flute, written in September 1997 and dedicated to Ádám Szokolay, occupies an extraordinary place in György Kurtág's oeuvre. The premiere of the long-withheld composition was held in 2016 on the composer's 90th birthday. Each movement in the cycle reformulates familiar gestures of Kurtág's music: it develops pensive, impetuous, ethereal or playful characters.

Signs, Games and Messages are collections for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles. Each of the three words refers to an essential factor in Kurtág's music. Signs ties to the composer's study year in Paris as a young man, when he could not compose but merely put graphic signs on the paper. Games links with his nine-volume series for the piano with that title. Messages conveys the very personal content of these works, in that these short pieces are actually diary-notes and missives to musicians and friends important to Kurtág. The collection - like similar collections for string and wind instruments - does not form a coherent cycle; the pieces can be played individually, or in various orders, or together with pieces from Signs, Games and Messages written for other instruments.


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


Scenes for Solo Flute, Op39

  • Signs,Games and Messages for Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Recorder
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Ballad, a: Ballad (more rhythmic notation)
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Echoes - Back and Forth
    Scenes, Op. 39 - ...preparations, experiments for the creation of a perpetuum mobile...
    Scenes, Op. 39 - A Faltering Confession
    Scenes, Op. 39 - In the Language of the Birds
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Pondering
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Wild and Passionate
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Memories of Gyimes
    Scenes, Op. 39 - Epilogue
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Hommage a J. S. B.
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Doloroso
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Jauchzet und frohlocket! Auf! Schwung!
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - ...apres un de lecture de Rimbaud...
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Bref message a Pierre Boulez
    Signs, Games and Messages for flute - ...ein Brief aus der Ferne an Ursula
  • .
    Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Myriam Marbé in memoriam
    for three recorders (or 2 flutes and alto flute)
    Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Plaintive Pleading
    for recorder (or flute) and piano
    Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - ...c'erano due fiori...
    for flute and bass flute
    Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Épitaphe a la mémoire de Simone Boisecq
    for two flutes
    Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Joli oiseau - en pantomime (Samuel Beckett)
    for baritone and bass flute

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2 (Optional): Alto Flute
  • Part 3 (Optional): Bass Flute
  • Part 4 (Optional): Treble Recorder
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest
Publisher's reference: Z15127
Our Stock Code: 1477009
Media Type: Paperback - Score only (43 pages [score])

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