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Khachaturian - Flute concerto

Khachaturian - Flute concerto

Khachaturian - Flute concerto. You can download the PDF sheet music Khachaturian - Flute concerto on this page. When the eminent French flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal, approached' Khachaturian to ask him to compose a concerto for flute and orchestra, Khachaturian suggested that the Violin Concerto would be adaptable for flute. It was, therefore, at the composer's own instigation that in 1968 Rampal made this transcription, at the same time providing his own cadenza as a substitute for the original violin cadenza in the first movement. The orchestral accompaniment throughout the Concerto remains unchanged.

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Flute part: 23 pages. 2215 K


Piano part: 63 pages. 4025 K


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Three-movement concerto plan comprising an Allegro in sonata form, a lyrical slow movement and a dance-like rondo. The novel element, characteristic for Khachaturian, is the injection of material derived from Caucasian folk-music. The first movement begins with a strongly marked theme reminiscent of Armenian folk-dances performed by men. The soloist immediately passes over to virtuosic figuration, but without losing the harsh, energetic character of the theme. A strong contrast offered by the second theme, an expressive cantilena that likewise finds inspiration in national folk-music. Scale-passages and violinistic repeated figures, which can be reproduced convincingly on the flute, dominate the development section. The recapitulation brings back the first theme in abbreviated guise, and it is the second theme, now embroidered with triplets, that forms the lyrical climax of the movement.

All the magnificence of oriental melody and ornamentation are lavished on the Andante sostenuto, whose elegiac theme circling around a central key — a variant of the lyrical theme in the first movement — is decorated increasingly elaborately with appoggiaturas and arabesques. A new version of this theme, made more lively so that it resembles a dance, forms the middle section of the finale. The main theme of this movement imitates the "Lesginka", a wild Caucasian dance for men that has enjoyed great favour in the Russian art-music tradition.

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