Journal #12 – Adagio – composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Theobald Boehm for Flute and Piano
Includes score and parts
Apart from numerous compositions of his own, Theobald Boehm, the inventor of the modern Boehm flute, has also left a series of interesting arrangements of classical and romantic works for his instrument. He pursued the dual purpose of extending the repertoire and of providing literature for practicing the cantabile style of playing, something he recurrently demands in his publication “Die Flote und das Flotenspiel” (1871).
This may also have prompted the present arrangement of the 2nd movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's first piano concerto, Op. 15 (original key: A major; tempo indication: Largo), whose cantabile line translates easily into the idiom of the flute.
Comparisons with the original reveal the license taken by arrangers of classical works in the 19th century.