J.H.C. Bornhardt /Ian Gammie : Variations on Liebes Madchen, hor mir zu, for Flute , Vln, & Guitar
Edited and reconstructed by Ian Gammie
Corda Music Publications: score and separate parts (12, 4, 4, and 4 pages respectively)
The ‘reconstruction’ mentioned in the titles comes from the fact that the Danish Royal library in Copenhagen has the flute and the violin parts for this trio, but the guitar part is missing, and therefore Gammie has added the guitar part using Bornhardt’s other trio (le Cenerentola Von Rossini ) for the same line – up as a guide line. In Bornhardt’s own words, he says that his music is for players of only modest ability, and that he is not concerned with deep expressive music, but rather the pleasure in playing straightforward music without too much difficulty involved. Well, certainly it is not very difficult, but some of the music is quite fast, especially involving demi- semi – quavers in all three parts at times, so it’s not THAT easy!
However it is light, airy, and the theme and its eight variations, based on a very popular song in the early `1800s are lots of fun, and definitely not as undemanding as Bornhardt thought it was. As it stands it is a very pleasant, very typical early 19th century piece with everything flowing beautifully through the different variations. There are no speed or key changes at all, but rather one continuous and attractively substantial piece that would grace any concert, and therefore I can definitely recommend it, if the musical era fits your trio.