Christmas Concerto
2 solo flutes, 3 flutes, solo alto flute, bass flute
Nancy Nourse
Nourse Wind Publications
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Concerto Grosso per il Santissimo Natale (Christmas Concerto) by Francesco Manfredini
Arranged by Nancy Nourse for Flute Choir
Scored for 2 Solo C Flutes, 3 C Flutes, Solo Alto Flute and Bass Flute
Includes score and parts

Manfredini's Concerto Grosso per il Santissimo Natale was published in Bologna in 1718, nine years after Torelli's Christmas concerto and just six years after Corelli's celebrated work. As in both of these other compositions, there is a pastorale movement that uses the dotted siciliano rhythm pattern in a 12/8 time, evoking images of the shepherds and the nativity. Also similar to these two other restrained, Bolognese-styled concerti, Manfredini's composition is neither showy nor technically demanding but uses the holoist group as a dynamic and textural contrast to the full orchestral tutti.

This transcription for flute orchestra has been transposed up a perfect fourth in order to accomodate the instruments of the flute family. A tutti alto flute part is included as well as a bassoon/cello/bass part which doubles the bass flute line and may be used at the discretion of the director. Despite the previous concepts flutists may have regarding the term concerto, this work requires peaceful and blended ensemble tone as opposed to displays of soloistic virtuosity.