Andante Moderato from Symphony No. 4
Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Arranged by Shaul Ben-Meir for Flute Choir
Published by Megido Publications
Includes score and parts
6 C Flutes
2 Alto Flutes
2 Bass Flutes
The Andante Moderato has been described as “a procession in the moonlight”. The opening statement in unison is written in the Phrygian Mode, which gives it a solemn, archaic quality. It evolves into a theme with a pensive but stately air of a requiem. The contrasting second theme, broad and simple, is considered to be one of the loveliest and most expressive melodies that Brahms composed.
The flute orchestra version is arranged for six C flute parts, two alto flutes, two bass flutes and a contrabass. Increasing the number of players in each section will give added depth to the full and rich sound of this arrangement.