Toccata from Suite Gothique
Composed by Leon Boellmann (1862-1897)
For Flute Choir
Arranged by Trevor Wye
Published by Southern Music Co.
Includes score and parts
3 C Flutes, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute
Léon Boëllmann was born in Eisisheim, Alsace on September 25, 1862 and died in Paris on October 11, 1897. In his short life, he was known as a dedicated teacher, a gifted composer and an excellent performer on the organ. He left 68 published works, among which the best known are Variations symphoniques for violoncello and orchestra, a symphony, and Fantaisie dialoguée for organ and orchestra. He also published a collection of 100 pieces for organ under the title Heures mystiques.
Perhaps his most famous piece for organ is the Suite Gothique. The “Toccata” is the final movement of the suite, and such is the dark mood created by the composer, that one might imagine that this music was composed to accompany a silent horror movie.