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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Flute and Piano)


Composer: Ibert, Jacques

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Flute and Piano) By Jacques Ibert, Published By Alphonse Leduc, Includes flute part and piano score.

Published in 1934, the Concerto - MCMXXXIV is one of the most frequently interpreted Flute concertos ever written. Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), a neoclassical composer, won the Prix de Rome in 1919. Written for the French flautist Marcel Moyse, it is rated as difficult and is composed of three movements: Allegro, Andante and Allegro Scherzando.

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) also composed many symphonic suites, operas and seven orchestras, including Angelique (1926) and Divertissement (1930). He also was in charge of the Accadémie de France in the Villa Médicis (Roma) and was later administrator for the Paris Opera.

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

Coming in at #1 is the Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962). Written in 1932, this Concerto has a lot to love: the length is perfect right at 20 minutes, the style is approachable from both the Audience’s and Performer’s perspective, and compositional style is at the same time virtuosic and substantive. The first movement is a study in the avant-garde style of broken-interval melodies over a neo-classical harmonic underpinning, the second movement oozes an impressionistic style a la Debussy or Faure, and the finale is basically it’s own mini-concerto wrapped in a neat 8-minute package. In fact, the third movement alone would likely score top-10 on this list! But with the assistance of the masterful first and second movements, the Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert comfortably claims the Gold Medal for Best Overall Flute Concertos (at least for today).