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Mercadante Saverio

CONCERTO IN MI MINORE

for flute and chamber orchestra

Critical edition by Mariateresa Dellaborra

Catalogue Number: 13852 Score - 13853 Material on hire


The Concerto in E minor is without doubt Saverio Mercadante's most famous composition and is still today the work most frequently performed by flutists all over the world. Mercadante himself was very fond of the piece and made as many as four different versions (two for orchestra and two for quartet) in which the original structure and contents are modified to varying extents. The first version, completed in 1813, is theQuartet op. 53, which was followed almost immediately (1814) by the second Concerto op. 57 for large orchestra. Later he made a new arrangement for quartet and finally one for small orchestra.

The present edition refers to the last of these arrangements: no other modern edition exists and as such it represents a novel publication that faithfully follows the prescriptions of the composer as regards both the melodic and harmonic invention and the make-up of the orchestra. Alongside the strings (two violins, cello, double bass, no violas) Mercadante has added a pair of horns to accompany the acrobatic turns of the flute soloist; in some sections the composer has shortened the solo passages and in others, both for the orchestra and the soloist, he carried out substantial modifications especially compared to the version for large orchestra.

In relation to the version for string orchestra edited by Agostino Girard in 1973, the present edition features considerable changes that at times amount to a totally different reading, being based entirely on the prescriptions and designs of the composer himself. The reworking published in the '70s contains highly conspicuous instants of rewriting and adaptations, resulting from the synthesis made by the editor between the versions for large and for small orchestra. Girard not only changed the instrumentation, removing the horns completely, but also carried out a personal and sometimes radical reinterpretation of various passages.

The concerto for small orchestra, now finally available, contains fewer bars in its three movements (Allegro maestoso - Adagio - Rondò. Allegro giusto) in comparison to op. 57 for large orchestra; generally speaking it takes on a more agile performing guise, favouring a "cleaner" reading of the brisker passages, removing the redundancies or unnecessary repetitions and thus focusing on the essential elements that seem to lend further prominence to the felicitous creative elements. The draft was not written by Mercadante himself, but under the supervision of an entrusted copyist, who has left numerous traces of his activity in the archives of the library of the conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples. The text thus came down to us in separate parts whose authenticity leaves no room for doubt.

Performers wishing to bring themselves in line with current philological trends, rediscovering -and thus reproposing - the composer's original intentions, should therefore take advantage of this new edition which offers interesting points of reflection not only compared to the version for large orchestra but also the two quartets. It represents a genuinely independent work with its own distinct identity in the context of Mercadante's vast output.

Mariateresa Dellaborra

CONCERTO IN RE MAGGIORE

for flute and orchestra

Critical edition by Mariateresa Dellaborra

Catalogue number: 13732 Score - 13733 Material on hire

CONCERTO IN SOL MAGGIORE

for flute and orchestra

Critical edition by Mariateresa Dellaborra

Catalogue number: 13575 Score - 13576 Material on hire

CONCERTO IN MI MINORE OP. 57

for flute and orchestra

Critical edition by Mariateresa Dellaborra

Catalogue number: 13463 Score - 13464 Material on hire

CONCERTO IN MI MAGGIORE OP. 49

for flute and orchestra

Critical edition by Mariateresa Dellaborra

Catalogue number: 13341 Score - 13342 Material on hire