Sonata in una parte for Flute and Piano, Op.50
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“Unusual music to explore.”
This substantial piece is very engaging. Alternating slow and fast sections enable Lauber to expand on themes and harmonies that are not necessarily related, creating a lovely free-flowing piece of writing. The beautiful piano opening leads to a French-inspired cadenza passage and a singing melody. A spritely Allegretto is followed by an Andantino ben tranquillo which is full of unexpected Hollywood style harmonies. The next Allegro is more classical, and the closing and often passionate Andantino does link back effectively to the opening. This is an unusual work and definitely one to explore!
From the Publisher
Joseph Lauber was born on December 27th, 1864 in western Switzerland, where he also grew up. Supported by the patron Carl Russ-Suchard, the young Lauber was able to study at the conservatory in Zurich. He was particularly encouraged by the founder of the Zurich Conservatory, Friedrich Hegar, who introduced him to Johannes Brahms and sent him to Munich for further studies with Joseph Rheinbergen. Further studies took him to Paris, where he continued his studies with Jules Massenet and Louis Diémer. When he returned to Switzerland, Lauber initially worked as an organist, music teacher and choir director before becoming a teacher at the Zurich Conservatory. In 1901 he moved to Geneva, where he became first conductor at the Grand Théâtre and taught piano and composition at the conservatory. His most famous student was Frank Martin. Joseph Lauber died on May 25th. 1952 in Geneva.
A recently published and highly acclaimed recording of his 6 symphonies has caused quite a stir and should spark renewed interest in Lauber's work.
Lauber has written a number of works for flute and piano, including the Grande Sonata op. 53, a Fantasia, an Old Style Dance Suite op. 48 and this Sonata in una Parte op. 50 .
However, numerous works by Lauber have remained unpublished to date.
Performance duration (approx): 14'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).