Suite after Op 98 'American'
Immediately after the triumphant premiere of the 9th Symphony in December 1893, Antonin Dvorák wrote the "American Suite" op. 98 for piano. This work, which he described in a letter to his publisher Simrock as the best he had accomplished in this field so far, has remained relatively unknown. Unfortunately Dvorák never composed a chamber music work for the flute, even though he assigned the most rewarding tasks to this instrument in many of his orchestral works. It may therefore be legitimate to arrange this piano suite as a piece of flute chamber music, in particular because it is excellently suitable for a flute/piano instrumentation, considering its melodies and dance-like style - even the original key can be retained.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
Also available: Mendelssohn: Sonata in F minor after Op 4
Neither of these two popular composers wrote any chamber works specifically for the flute and so we are totally reliant on arrangements if we are to fully experience their music. Both of these transcriptions are successful. Dvorak's American Suite was originally for piano but the composer himself arranged it for orchestra. The original key has been retained here and some of the flute writing from the orchestral version has been used. The Mendelssohn Sonate was originally written for violin, this arrangement being made by Henri Altes. It lies well for the instrument and has been edited sensitively with some optional octave transpositions suggested. Not ideal I know, but better than nothing.