Souvenir Russe Op. 60
Papillon Op. 30
Composed by Ernesto Koehler (1849-1907)
for flute and piano
Edited by Wiltrud Bruns
Published by Zimmermann
Flute in the Salon
The term 'salon music' has undergone a significant change in meaning in the course of time, as has the place from which it took its name. Within two centuries, light music changed from something aristocratic to something trivial, from intellectual 'divertissement' to the very ordinary 'pop music' of the indurstrial age. The decline in quality gruadually came about during the 19th century on many levels.
Our series tries to give an impression of the development of flute music in a time when such concepts as 'inner feleing' and 'effect' were not yet misused but rather regarded by knowlegeable people as being of real value.
The idea that music must be as indigestible as possible to be compatible belongs only to gastritics of modern music. 'Sweet courses' taken in moderation and with thought can be both stimulating and impiring. So we may enjoy the pastime of an earlier generation or amuse ourselves with their form of musical entertainment. — Werner Richter, with english translation by Holger Klier