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Sérénade Mélancolique for Flute and Piano

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“a lovely piece of music.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Alphonse Catherine packs a great deal into this Serenade, which is by turns elegant, nostalgic and full of drama. A powerful opening theme alternates with a lilting Allegretto and there are twists along the way. Although it was written for the great Georges Barrere it is without huge technical challenges and a great way to get to know the unmistakable style of flute music in the early part of the twentieth century. It's also a lovely piece of music!

From the Publisher

The “serenade” (from the Italian serenata) was originally a light-hearted vocal piece accompanied by one or more instruments, meant to be played after nightfall. Very fashionable during the 18th century, it fell into disuse during the 19th, only to regain its full splendour in the 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, Alphonse Catherine – chef de chant, composer, and director of the Paris Opéra – composed the Sérénade mélancolique for flute and piano, tinged with poetry and endowed with a sustained and elegant melody. This edition contains a historical introduction by Bruno Jouard.

Performance duration (approx): 5'

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Durand Editions Musicales
Publisher's reference: DF 01684500
Our Stock Code: 1655575
Media Type: Paperback

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