Beauty and the Beast (2011)

concerto for flute and orchestra

Dedicated to Dóra Seres

Dóra Seres, flute

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

Danish National Chamber Orchestra

First performance

30 November 2013

DR Concert Hall

Partitur og stemmer

score and parts

Edition S

My flute concerto was commissioned by Danish National Chamber Orchestra (DR UnderholdningsOrkesteret) and dedicated to their Hungarian solo flutist Dóra Seres. She is a wonderful musician – at first sight a fragile beauty with a very poetic ambience, but behind that an artist with a very strong will. In this piece I wanted to challenge her ability to bring out unknown forces from her light and elegant instrument. So I have really set her beauty up against the brutal energy of the orchestral beast.

The concerto is not exactly a piece of programme music. Rather a picture of different conflicts and meeting points between strong opposites. Will there be a happy end...?

John Frandsen