Elegie, Op. 24 (Flute and Piano)
Elegie, Op. 24 (Flute and Piano) (Originally for Cello and Piano) by Gabriel Faure, Published by Theodore Presser, Arranged by Mark Sparks, Includes flute part and piano score.
Originally intended as the slow movement of a sonata for cello and piano, Faure composed the Elegie in 1880. The sonata was never completed, and the current work was premiered in 1883. Pablo Casals requested from the composer the very popular adaptation for cello and orchestra, which he premiered in 1901. The Elegie is one of Faure's most Romantic and direct expressions, and creating a version for flute, with its very personal voice, seems both natural and appealing. One can scarcely think of a more beautiful, heart-rending melody than the Elegie's sustained opening phrase.