Quartet No. 3
Composed by Benjamin Godard
Arranged for flute quartet by Robert Rainford
Published by Forton Music
Includes score and parts
This is an arrangement of Godard's third and final string quartet for flute quartet. It was originally published in 1893 towards the end of the composer's life, and shows us all the traits of late romantic French chamber music. The first movement is lyrical and flowing, with rich chords and unexpected harmonic twists. The second movement is languid and dreamy, featuring a soaring bass flute solo in the middle of the movement. The third is almost like a minuet, featuring a florid melody in the first flute supported by the other instruments, and the final movement uses driving triplets and rhythmic unison passages to create urgency and exitement.