Deuxième Sonata by Germaine Tailleferre
Arranged for flute and piano by Virginia Broffitt Kunzer.
Germaine Tailleferre is perhaps best known for her musical output as the only female member of Les Six (French: Le Groupe des Six), a name formally given to a French compositional group in 1920 that also included Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honneger, Darius Milhaud, and Francis Poulenc. Tailleferre’s 1951 Deuxième Sonate pour violon et piano, or the Second Sonata for violin and piano, is a revision of her unsuccessful 1936 Violin Concerto, without cadenza and with various musical tweaks and alterations. This new transcription of the Sonate codifies many of the alterations flutists have impressed upon the violin part, allowing for a smooth rendition and clear balancing of the parts.