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Erling Pedersen : Forest Suite for flute and guitar



Erling Pedersen

Bergmann Edition: score and separate parts (14, 4, 4, and 4 pages respectively)

www.bergmann-edition.com


Anyone wondering why this piece written for two instruments has three separate parts, will find that upon opening the score there are two lines for the flute, one for a normal 6 string guitar, and one in a different key should you be using an Alto guitar, hence the two separate flute parts.

Danish – born Pedersen has written here a four – movement suite as a tribute to the wildlife and nature of Northern Jutland, Denmark. The style right from the outset is friendly and almost folk –styled in the opening Prelude. The guitar is playing a consistent arpeggio pattern for the first half underneath a long voiced flute melody, whilst later on in the movement the guitar provides a harmony to the flute whilst still retaining the arpeggio accompaniment.

Morning Psalm has a much more block chord accompaniment, whilst the flute retains the melody throughout. It is a flowing melodic piece that later on develops a little more movement in the guitar part whilst retaining the quiet dignity of the harmony work.

Jumping Deers is set in 5/4, and later on in 3 / 4 time and as you might expect has a leaping melody on the flute atop some triplet quaver arpeggios on the guitar, whilst the final movement In Twilight has mostly easy work on the guitar , indeed nearly all of it a solo line until the very last 8 bars, with the flute has a smooth flowing melody eventually leading to the coda that closes in a different key.

The whole work is pleasant, melodic and not too difficult for either instrument. Each movement is quite short but with a number of repeat sections and would be pleasant concert material for a modestly advanced duo.


Chris Dumigan

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