By the Foreste Brook (Am Waldesbach), Op. 33
Idyll for Flute and Piano
Composed by P. Wetzger
Edited, arranged, and performed by Sir James Galway
Published by Southern Music Co.
PAUL WETZGER (1870-1937) was a German flutist and composer born in Dahme, near Lubeck. At a young age, he took violin lessons from the local music director, later switching to flute. By fifteen years of age, Wetzger had played his first concert in the main church of Dahmen and was second flutist of the municipal orchestra. He later became solo flutist with the municipal orchestra of Essen and taught at the Essen conservatory. He wrote numberous pieces for flute and several chamber music works, also editing works by the French composer/flutist, Jules Demersseman. Wetzger's “Am Waldesbach” (By the Forest Brook), Idyll for flute and orchestra or piano, was a staple of celebrated flutist Marcel Moyse, recorded by him in 1935 on the French Colombia label. Since then, it has become a favorite in the flute teaching repertory, perhaps most notably included in Toshio Takahashi's famous Suzuki Flute Method. This Southern Music Edition faithfully captures this classic piece as performed by living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway.