The Magic Flute
Sequenza I pour flûte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for flute and orchestra No 1 in G major KV 313
One of the major composers of the 20th century, Luciano Berio left nine Sequenzas, a series of solo pieces composed between 1958 and 1980, often written for a specific virtuoso. These popular works have been successfully added to the current repertoire for both instruments and voice. The first of the series, Sequenza I pour flûte, is based on the words: "And here begins your desire, which is the delirium of my desire: music is the desire of desires." Berio's complex writing gives the impression of hearing several voices due to the speed and mobility of the instrumental playing.
The myth goes that Mozart did not like the flute. A strange paradox for a composer who dedicated three Concertos to it (including one for flute and harp), four Quartets for flute and strings and whose last opera, Die Zauberflöte, is dedicated to this supposedly unloved instrument. No doubt Emmanuel Pahud's magic flute will persuade us otherwise.