Quartet Opus 12 by Felix Mendelssohn
Arranged for flute quartet (2 flutes, alto flute and bass flute) by Robert Rainford
Published by Forton Music
Includes score and parts
In this arrangement, all parts share in the melodic interest. Flute 1 uses just about the whole range of the instrument, and requires some nimble fingers and neat articulation. Flute 2 doesn't ascend as high, but still requires good technique. The alto and bass flute parts contribute equally to the quartet as a whole, and will need some good tonguing particularly in the second movement. As in all quartet playing, communication between the players is paramount to get the maximum out of this lovely composition.