Sortie in Eb for flute ensemble
Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wely was born and died in Paris, 1817-1869. He was organist of Cavaillé-Coll organs at Saint-Roch (1841-1846), the Madeleine (1846-1858) then at Saint-Sulpice (1863-1869).
He began to study music at age four with his father, who was the organist of Saint-Roch. By the age eight he was advanced enough to substitute for his father when the latter was stricken by paralysis. When his father died six years later, he became the church’s regular organist where he remained until 1846.
The “Sortie in Eb” was one of the most celebrated and popular of his many compositions. The arrangement is for a five flute ensemble.