Books/Manuscript: (FR) Jean Cassignol News: "PAGANINI -- 3 New Caprices for recorder or transverse flute"

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012

(From the latest Jean Cassignol newsletter 15 may 2012)

The complete 24 Caprices op. 1
Arranged for treble (alto) recorder or transverse flute by Jean Cassignol
Jean-Claude Soldano (France) publisher

First French complete edition for transverse flute since Jules Herman's (Choudens Pub, 1902) and Patrick Gallois' (Alphonse Leduc Pub, 1994)
First complete edition for treble (alto) recorder


Volume / Book IV
Caprices 10-11-12

Already available...

Volume / Book III
Caprices 7-8-9
Volume / Book V
Caprices 13-14-15
Volume / Book VI
Caprices 16-17-18
Volume / Book VII
Caprices 19-20-21
Volume / Book VIII
Caprices 22-23-24

An old project...

The original violin version of the famous op 1 has been my upmarket technique tutor for some 20 years, for scale practice of course, and for arpeggios too! Time has come to entrust a publisher with my arrangements and I am thankful to Jean-Claude Soldano to have undertaken the task. The usable range of the treble (alto) recorder in F stretches along 2,5 octaves and lies in the top part of the tessitura of the transverse flute in C. All was needed was to resort to its lower fourth whenever necessary, to provide the flute with beautiful ossias.

Last but not least, it didn't seem convenient to stick strictly to the original keys:  one often feels closer to the composer's intentions on the recorder as well as on the flute by transposing in the key in which the instrument will sound optimally.

I hope to be soon able to record some of these Caprices and post them on Youtube.

Jean Cassignol