Andy Scott received a visit from a flute and harp duo from Germany this month.
The Queens Duo, comprising flautist Verena Schulte and harpist Hanna Rabe, made the journey from Germany to Cheshire to work with Andy on his Sonata for Flute and Harp. The Duo will be performing the popular concert work next spring, and also plan to record it for a CD next year.
The three movement Sonata for Flute and Harp is influenced by Eastern European folk rhythms and jazz harmony. The writing calls for special effects and timbres, including using the harp as a percussion instrument to create rhythmic intensity. It has already been recorded by Clare Southworth and Lauren Scott on The Bad Tempered Flute CD.
The Queens Duo met while studying at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, and spent a term in London together, where they were inspired by English music for flute and harp. As well as performing English works, they often play pieces by German and French composers.
Click to view the Sonata for Flute and Harp on the Astute Music website
Click to visit the website for the Queens Duo
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