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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Flute and Piano)


Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Flute and Piano), By Carl Nielsen, Published By Edition-S, includes flute part and piano score.

Famed Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931) wrote this seminal work in 1926 for flutist Paul Hagemann, the flutist for the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. To be honest, this Concerto makes a serious play for #1 overall. However, the immaculately and masterfully composed first movement gives way to a smaller and significantly less substantial second movement, and this serious imbalance weighs heavily against the work as a whole. Put in other words: the first movement alone would likely rank top-10 on this list, and if it had one or two more substantial movements as a counterbalance, the Nielsen might very well be a favorite for the #1 spot.

This Piece made it onto our list of The 19 Best Flute Concertos Not by Mozart.