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GABRIEL FAURÉ
1845 - 1924

Valse-Caprice No. 2
in D-flat Major

arranged by Mark Starr
for flute solo and chamber orchestra
from Fauré's original work for piano solo, opus 38 (1884)



link to biography of Fauré





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Here is a grand waltz from the Belle Epoque in Paris just before the turn of the 19th to the 20th Century.  Mark Starr has arranged Fauré's sweeping concert waltz, originally for piano, as a bravura showpiece for flute and chamber orchestra. 

You are listening now to the piano reduction of the orchestral score.  Noteworthy Musical Editions will soon add to this page a digital audio demo of the piece for flute solo and chamber orchestra.

This exhuberant piece is in the grand French tradition of works like the popular Valse de Concert for flute and piano by Benjamin Godard (Faure's contemporary) -- except that Fauré used a vastly more sophisticated harmonic palette and melodic imagination than Godard.

Perhaps the most memorable section of this arrangement for flute and piano is the second theme - which exploits the rich low register of the flute in a manner that will challenge the flutist's breath control to the maximum. This transcription requires a flutist with the full tone and personality of a major soloist.





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The flute/piano score for Mark Starr's arrangement of Gabriel Fauré's Valse-Caprice No. 2 is available online for perusal, audition, purchase, downloading and printing.  Here is a link to the full score:
 
http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/index.php?sm=home.score&scoreID=160445

The orchestral score will soon be posted on www.sibeliusmusic.com -- where it too will be available for perusal, audition, purchase, downloading and printing.

The orchestral parts are available on rental from Noteworthy Musical Editions for public performances and/or commercial recordings.