27 items Shop lowell liebermann flute concerto%C op. 39 sheet music, music books , music scores & more at Sheet Music Plus, the World’s Largest. The ghost of Sergei Prokofiev looms large over Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto; indeed, the ticking ostinato that opens the work sounds more than ever like. Katherine Bryan, Lowell Liebermann, Francis Poulenc, Carl Nielsen, Georges Hue, Paul Daniel, Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Liebermann Flute Concerto.

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This dramatic and Romantic flute concerto is one of the most important twentieth-century additions to the repertory of the instrument. In the National Flute Society of the United States named it as the best new work for the instrument. Liebermann is one of the most prolific of composers for the flute, having concetro three concertos for the instrument including a piccolo concerto and a flute and harp concerto and two sonatas one with piano accompaniment, the other with guitar in addition to a soliloquy for unaccompanied flute.

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His Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. Within about a decade of loweell premiere in by flutist Paula Robison and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudetit received at least seven commercial recordings. International flute virtuoso James Galway not only immediately added it to his repertory, but invited Liebermann to make an orchestration of it.


Liebermann responded that he would rather write Galway a completely new concerto than orchestrate the sonata. Galway quickly arranged a commission for the new work. The concerto is in three movements. Although this is the usual number of movements for a concerto, the form of the concerto is otherwise unconventional in that none of the movements is in the sonata form. Instead, the first movement opens in a Moderato tempo. The opening and concert parts of the movement are devoted to a single theme, which flut lyrical and highly charming.

The music has a texture and something of the sound of Sergei Prokofiev ‘s later-period works such as Romeo and Juliet. That is, there is a slow two-note chordal ostinato in the middle range and a flowing melody above it that takes unexpected harmonic and tonal detours.

Nevertheless, Liebermann’s compositional personality is quite distinct from Prokofiev ‘s; one notices a similarity in means, but not so much in style.

The middle part of the movement is an arc comprising five variations on the harmonic progression of the main theme. These variations afford the soloist an opportunity for very brilliant playing, and are formal set of chaconne variations. The middle movement, Adagio, is a beautiful and extended lyrical work. Liebermann creates a hypnotic effect with a pulsing off-beat accompaniment that continues throughout.


The mood is Romantic and tender.

The finale is in a form liebemrann found in concerto finales, a rondo. Marked “Presto,” it demands utmost virtuosity and endurance, and rewards the successful flutist with audience-pleasing brilliance.

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James Galway plays Lowell Liebermann.