Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61 #1 by Felix Mendelssohn Batholdy
For 4 C Flutes
Includes score and parts
Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op61, from which the first piece is offered here in an arrangement for four flutes, was written in 1843 at the request of the King of Prussia. The winning happiness and playful qualities of the Scherzo make themselves readily felt through themes and motives comprised of very quick, cleanly articulated, light, sprightly eighth- and sixteenth-notes with the closely orchestrated voices constantly and rapidly shifting back and forth from prominence to background throughout the work. The present work transcribes this “bubbliness” for four flutes – each voice being musically demanding and each having technically challenging passages to negotiate.