Composed by Carl Nielsen
for Flute and Violin (Originally for 2 violins)
Adapted and Edited by Andras Adorjan
Published by Edition Svitzer
Duration: ca. 7 minutes
Includes score, separate flute part, and violin part that can be separated from the score (it is stapled into the score)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) came very early in contact with music and received already eight years old his first violin lessons from his father. Subsequently he also learned to play the sigil horn and the alto trombone and was admitted into a military band in Odense in 1879. For a short while he even played a march pipe.
Nielsen has written very little for the flute besides his Flute Concerto. Apart from some smaller pieces of incidental music to the drama Moderen (The Mother) and one Flute solo in the music to the drama Aladdin, he only scored for flute in his Wind Quintet (1927), which – with the Flute Concerto – quickly became standard pieces of the flute literature.
The Duet for flute and violin in A-major, CNW 48 FS 3e was initially written for two violins and originates from 1880-83, when in his youth Nielsen had played in a military band. Although it is called “Duetto I” on the front page, so far no other Nielsen duet has been discovered. It is composed in a simple and diverting style, completely untypical of the composer and very unlike his later musical language. As the manuscript of the composer has been lost, this edition is based on the hand written parts by an unknown copyist.
– Andras Adorjan
Munich, August 2018