The first of the Two Pieces For Flute And Harp Or Piano Accompaniment, “1. The Swans” is a lovely short piece composed by Henri Busser. Really melodious, this piece is perfect to work on the flexibility of the tone and a good training to be able execute pieces more difficult.
Written mainly in A key, not often used by flautists, and starting Andantino moderato, the piece symbolizes the swans, riding on a lake. It features an intro, a main theme in [A] which comes back A tempo in [C] and a final Piú moderato, finishing with a really high trill.
Some difficulties, such as the A key and the range used on this piece will require an intermediate technique: difficulty is rated at 5°.
This first piece is followed by the second one: “The squirrels”.
Henri Busser (1872-1913) is a French classical composer and Organist. He was a professor at the Paris Conservatoire and a member of the Académie française. He wrote a ballet, numerous operas and chamber music.