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Morceau de concours

composer
14 July 1898; originally for flute and piano

 

Fauré’s Morceau (1898) is a little gem written as a test piece for the flute while the composer was director at the Paris Conservatoire. It formed part of a subtle campaign on his part to move the conservatoire away from placing what he viewed as too much emphasis on pure virtuosity. His wish was for an appreciation that included aspects such as style, rhythm and phrasing; in other words, musical expression. His love of melody is clearly on display here as the Morceau arabesques its way beautifully through its three-minute duration. The harp again takes on the role of piano with little adjustment. The manuscript is dated 14 July 1898 so perhaps Fauré was taking advantage of his day off on Bastille Day.

from notes by Alison Nicholls 2008

Recordings

Romantic Residues
CDA67725

Track-specific metadata for CDA67725 track 18

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-72518
Duration
3'10
Recording date
22 November 2007
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Romantic Residues (CDA67725)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: August 2008
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