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William Bennett: Schubert - Introduction and variations on 'Trockne Blumen' D 802

SCHUBERT, Franz

Introduction and variations (on Trockne Blumen from 'Die schöne Müllerin') for flute and piano D 802 op. 160

Introduktion. Andante
Thema. Andantino

 

William Bennett, guest professor

Rui Borges Maia, student

Cameron Roberts, accompanying pianist

 

Professor Bennett starts the masterclass explaining the poem 'Trockne Blumen' and the musical resources that describes the character of the theme and variations. He makes the harmonic analysis of the beginning of the piece. He mentions the importance of the dotted notes and its extra musical meaning. He explains a useful exercise to improve the tuning. The double dotted notes should be played melodically and not rhythmically. Bennett compares the way to play close to the bridge and pressing too much in a string instrument with the kind of air emission in the flute. He mentions the Flute Concerto by Nielsen. When a composer says one thing twice, the second time is more intense. Bennett shows to the student how to work the legato.