Predating his official Opus 1 the Piano Sonata by five years, Henri Dutilleux 's Flute Sonatina hardly reflects the composer's distinctive mature style; it's in a more generic, sometimes saucy French manner. The Paris Conservatory commissioned it as a test piece for the graduating flutists of Lasting barely ten minutes, the sonatina falls into three sections played without pause. It begins with a mysterious, tonally ambiguous flute theme played over an angular, rising and falling piano motif that strongly recalls the style of Dmitry Kabalevsky. The flute offers some brighter material as a bridge to a restatement of the opening piano melody, now appropriated fully by the flute and sounding gradually more playful.
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The Sonatine for Flute and Piano is an early work by the 20th-century French composer Henri Dutilleux , composed and published in The Sonatine for Flute and Piano is one of a series of four test pieces for the Paris Conservatoire that Dutilleux wrote between and They were commissioned by then-director Claude Delvincourt.
These pieces were intended both to test the technique of the students and provide them with new scores. Dutilleux was notoriously critical of his early works, including the Sonatine. He once stated that he had never been completely happy that it was played so often  but he never withdrew it. The work has become a standard of the flute repertoire  and has been performed many times by flautists such as Sharon Bezaly and Emmanuel Pahud.
As of , it is Dutilleux's most often recorded work. The sonatine is structured in 3 sections played without a break. The first section features a mysterious theme in 7 8 contrasting with jagged piano figures. It concludes with a cadenza that provides a transition to the lyrical second section. The last section features rapid exchanges between the flute and the piano before another short but difficult cadenza recalls the themes heard before.
A frenzied accelerando played by both instruments concludes the piece. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 31 August Archived from the original on Retrieved Henri Dutilleux. Symphony No. Ainsi la nuit Sonatine for Flute and Piano. Piano Sonata. Correspondances Deux sonnets de Jean Cassou Le temps l'horloge. Constant Dutilleux. Portal:Classical music. Hidden categories: CS1 maint: archived copy as title All stub articles.
Dutilleux: Sonatine for Flute and Piano
Sonatine for Flute and Piano