Hüe composed the Fantaisie in 1913 and dedicated the work to the renowned flautist and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Adolphe Hennebains, who had commissioned it for the conservatoire’s concours during the same year. Despite much of Hüe’s music being forgotten today, the Fantaisie has proved a durable part of the flute repertoire over the almost one hundred years since its composition. Consisting of a single movement the Fantaisie is a concise essay that demonstrates the many facets of the flute, through frequently changing tempi, disposition and colour. It contains much of the impressionist techniques, musical language and sound world with which Hüe was increasingly experimenting at the time. The opening slow section of the work provides a subtle character that accompanies the more sophisticated flute line. A more lyrical and flowing section ensues with a gathering momentum that continues to the end of the work. While providing a subtly pleasing work the Fantaisie is fairly representative of concours works of the time, containing a number of themes from his previous compositions, notably his operas, while providing a suitable challenge for the player to execute.
from notes by Adam Binks © 2010