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Romanze, Op. 85 (Flute and Piano)


Composer: Bruch, Max

Romanze, Op. 85 (Flute and Piano) (Originally for Viola and Orchestra) by Max Bruch (1838-1920), Published by Theodore Presser, Arranged by Mark Sparks, Includes flute part and piano score.

Originally for Viola and Orchestra, Max Bruch's plaintive Romanze, Op. 85 has been elegantly adapted for flute and piano by Mark Sparks, principal flutist of the Saint Louis Symphony. The flute edition is in the same key as the original and is fully compatible with the standard orchestral materials.

The original key of F major has been maintained for this arrangement of Max Bruch's Romanze, Op. 85 to properly reflect the autumnal color of this radiant and masterful work. Bruch arranged the work for violin and orchestra (or piano), with some modifications, several of which have been retained in this version. Despite the paucity of works for solo flute in this period, it could not have been difficult for the composer to imagine a version for flute, for which the melodic writing is quite well suited. The economy and skill of the orchestration, necessary to balance the color of the solo viola, will also benefit performances for flute and orchestra.