Sunday, October 30, 2011

Menuetto is second movement of 'Sonata for Harp with Flute Accompaniment' of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

[Un contemporain atypique de Mozart: Le Chevalier de Saint-George; Michelle Garnier-Panafieu; YP Éditions (2011)]

On Oct. 29, 2011 AfriClassical posted: “Bibliography on Caribbean Art Music; Video of 'Sonata For Flute And Piano' (4:46) of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges.” Dr. Christine Gangelhoff, Assistant Professor of Music at The College of The Bahamas, announced the project on Caribbean Art Music, which has been published in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies, Vol 17, No 1 (2011). It includes music from the Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Gangelhoff provided two links, one to the Journal and another to Caribbean Art Music, the Cariclassical YouTube Channel:

The URL for the Sonata for Flute And Piano is:

We have received suggestions about the identity of the work of Saint-Georges from Jean-Claude Halley, Catherine Pizon, Dominique-René de Lerma and Prof. Michelle Garnier-Panafieu, Musicologist, Université Rennes II. Prof. Garnier-Panafieu is author of a recent book in French on the music of Saint-Georges, Un contemporain atypique de Mozart, Le Chevalier Saint-George, (An Atypical Contemporary of Mozart, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges). She has graciously provided with a summary of the book for the Saint-Georges Biography page. See No. 51 in the Table of Contents of that page.

Catherine Pizon has advised us that the work on the YouTube video “ exactly the menuetto of the Sonate Pour la Harpe avec Accompagnement de Flute Par M. Saint-Georges [Sonata for Harp with Flute Accompaniment by Monsieur Saint-Georges], (s.d.) (sans date) classified by Michelle Garnier-Panafieu as (Ms.,F-Pn/Vm76118), en mi bémol majeur [in E flat major], in her excellent book that you also mentioned on your blog: Un contemporain atypique de Mozart, Le Chevalier Saint-George.”

Prof. Michelle Garnier-Panafieu has made a contribution in French in which she thanks Dominique-René de Lerma for the information, and confirms the information provided by Catherine Pizon on the basis of the book Un contemporain atypique de Mozart, Le Chevalier Saint-George. Prof. Garnier-Panafieu writes that the “Menuetto (Minuetto)” in question refers to the second movement of the Sonata for Harp with Flute Accompaniment by Monsieur de Saint-Georges. She adds that the source manuscript is held in the Department of Music of the National Library of France, as “Ms/F-Pn/ Vm7 6118,” and the source is microfilmed as “R. 28 622.” She reports that the parts for harp and flute are separate. To clarify the succession of movements, Prof. Garnier-Panafieu indicates that the “Menuetto (Minuetto)” is the second movement of the work, not the third.

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