Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a female composer and Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire, the only woman to hold this prestigious position in the 19th Century. A contemporary of Mendelssohn, this substantial work is a rare gem in the literature of flute music. Not only does it fill a void in the Romantic Flute repertoire but it also represents the high quality of music composed by women in an era when their creativity went unrecognized. When Louises compositions were being performed more around Paris than those of other composition faculty at the Conservatoire, she went to the administration and asked for equal pay to that of her male colleagues, and received it!
The four movement work is based on classical forms in an expanded capacity. The scherzo in particular is electric in it’s energy and character. A fabulous addition to the repertoire!