Berceuse, Op. 22
Composed by Jules Mouquet
For Flute and Strings
Edited by Matt Johnston
Published by Alry Publications
Flute, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
Notes from the Editor by Matt Johnston:
Berceuse, Op. 22, was composed by Jules Mouquet in 1907, and though the original edition indicated the piece being scored for flute and string quintet, one could easily see this being performed as a flute solo with string orchestra.
As with my new edition of Mouquet's La Flute de Pan, published in 2015, I realized that I must make the decision as to what is the end goal of this new edition. My primary goal was to recreate the original score exactly like the original only making alterations to account for advances in the standardization of music notation which have taken place in the 100 years since it was originally written. Fortunately, everything was pretty well intact, and unlike La Flute de Pan, there were not many large-scale errata or discrepancies between the original parts and score. However, there were a number of places where I found it suitable to make some enharmonic changes to some accidentals, using the harmony as my guide.
Creating this new edition was a pleasure! The more I have learned about Mouquet, the more I have learned to appreciate his compositions. As compared to the version of Berceuse for flute and piano, this scoring for flute and strings adds a wonderful depth to the piece and I am glad this new edition will make it possible for many others to enjoy in an entirely different capacity.
I would like to give a special thanks to the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia for making this new edition possible.