CHAMINADE, C: Concertino (Little Piper)
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The vast majority of pieces by Cecile Chaminade are either character pieces for piano or salon songs, and at her peak of popularity were to be found in the music libraries of many music lovers. As the twentieth century progressed her music has become more and more relegated to obscurity. Now, her most popular piece still regularly being performed is this Flute Concertino in D major, Op. 107, which was composed for the 1902 Paris Conservatoire Concours, presumably as an examination piece for flute students. It opens with a broad melody, with a highly decorative solo part. After a more active central section, there is a florid cadenza for the soloist before the piece concludes with a repeat of the opening melody and a lively coda.