Two Movements for flute septet
Swedish violinist and composer, Amanda Maier-Rontgen (1853-1894) was the first woman to gain her music-director qualifications in Sweden. While studying at the Leipzig Conservatory, she composed her String Quartet in A Major, along with several other notable works that were praised by Brahms and Grieg. Only a few of her compositions were ever published. The score to this original in manuscript form is located in the Stockholm Theater and Music library, and it is not clear whether she completed it. This arrangement for flute ensemble is of the two inner movements. The Andante is lovely and highly romantic, full of appealing melodies. The Allegro is a cross between a scherzo and a lilting intermezzo with a nicely contrasting trio.