Figaro-Fantasie (Figaro's Fantasy) by Joachim Andersen and W.A. Mozart
Arranged and edited for 4 C Flutes by Henner Eppel
Includes score and parts
There are plenty of highlights from operas for one, two and three flutes – not only the duets modelled on the famous tunes from the Magic Flute or the trio based on themes from the Freischutz. Opera arrangements for four flutes from the 19th centiry are difficult to find, while there are numerous arrangements for other instrumentations, e.g. for 2 flutes, or flute and piano.
So, why not use a good opera transcription as the basis for a romantic-dtyle fantasy on opera themes? For this edition, we chose one of the eight opera transcriptions, op45 for flute and piano by Joachim Andersen (1847-1909) who, after suffering from a paralysis of the tongue, was both co-founder and conductor of an orchestra which has later become known as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Partly, the interludes have been modified, and the whole work has been shortened; articulation marks have been adapted so as to conform to the original text; in particular, the middle voices have been modified. The “Figaro Fantasy” presented here for four flutes uses the famous tunes from Mozart's opera: Figaro's rebellious Cavatina “Se vuol ballare, signor contino” (does the count like to dance?) is followed by Cherubino's Aria “Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio” (I don't know where I am nor what I am doing). After Cherubino's yearning Canzona “Voi, che sapete” (say, dear women), Barbarina searches for the poor little needle “L'ho perduta, me meschina,” and the choir from the end of the 3rd act “Amanti costanti seguaci d'onor” forms the finale.