Ballade, Op. 288
Composed by Carl Reinecke
For Solo Flute and Flute Ensemble
Arranged by Robert Rainford
Published by Forton Music
Includes score and part
4 Concert Flutes
Contrabass Flute (Optional)
Carl Reinecke was born in 1824 in Altona, which is currently in Hamburg but at the time was under Danish control. His father was also a musician, who undertook his early tuitioin. Initially a piano prodigy, he made his concert debut at the age of 12, but in 1851 he took the post of professor of music at the Cologne Conservatory, followed by positions at Barmen and Breslau. In 1860 he settled in Leipzig, being appointed director of the Gewandhous Orchestra and professor of composition and piano at the Conservatory there. On his retirement in 1902, he dedicated himself to composition, with almost 300 published works.
This Ballade for flute and orchestra was the last piece Reinecke completed. It belongs firmly in the Romanitc tradition of the solo piece for flute and orchestra, showing different aspects of the instrument's character. The start of the piece is slow and serious, with soaring melodic lines and sobbing appogiaturas. This is then followed by a lively central section showing the nimble, virtuosic elements of the flute's character. To conclude the Ballade, the opening music returns with all its tragic overtones, until this theme is transformed into the major key for a calm and peaceful ending.
In preparing this new edition of the piece, the solo line remains unchanged from the original, with the orchestral parts being taken by the supporting flute ensemble. It is hoped that this will make this piece available to more flautists.