Siegfried Wagner – Concertino for Flute ans Small Orchestra (1913)
(born Tribschen, 6th June 1869 – died Bayreuth, 4th August 1930)
In the middle of the 18th century the flute replaced the previous recorder. As a solo instrument in concerts it was also very popular in that period. One only needs to consider the concertos of Mozart, Danzi, Benda, Quantz and others. However, in spite of the further development of the instrument, and in particular an increased breadth of sound, only a few composers chose it as an instrument for solo concertos. This was mainly due to the development of the solo concerto in the 19th century, which increasingly moved in the direction of symphonic concertos on a large scale and with a large orchestra. Examples of this are the concertos of Beet-hoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and other composers of the 19th century. However, in the 20th century valuable flute concertos again emerged, such as the concerto from Reinecke, which still draws on the romantic, the divertimento from Busoni, the flute concertos from Nielsen, Ibert, Arnold and finally also the concert piece for flute and a small orchestra from Sieg-fried Wagner.
Siegfried Wagner was born as the only son of Richard and Cosima Wagner in Tribschen near Luzern. Siegfried initially wanted to study architecture, but then in 1889 began to study harmony and counterpoint under Engel-bert Humperdinck. After a year, Humperdinck was already of the opinion that he could not teach him anything more, and that he should now become independent. In 1892, he travelled for six month with Clement Harris (English composer 1871 – 1897) in East Asia, which made a great impression on him and features conspicuously in his memoirs, published in 1922. During his travels he decided to concentrate on music and thereafter began his apprenticeship at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth. …
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