Paul Reade: - Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
For flute and piano
Duration 10:00 minutes (incl.repeats)
In 1987 Paul Reade wrote the incidental music for the much loved BBC2 television series The Victorian Kitchen Garden.
It was set at Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire and followed the restoration and recreation through the year of
a working kitchen garden of the Victorian Era. The incidental music, played by Emma Johnson, won
the 1991 Ivor Novello Award for best TV theme music.
Paul Reade arranged a Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden for clarinet and piano (or harp).
At the request of flautist Philippa Davies, and with consent of the Paul Reade Estate, this suite has consequently been arranged for flute and piano by Jan WIllem Nelleke.
This version was premiered in Fumel (France) by Philippa Davies (flute) and Jan Willem Nelleke (piano).
The Prelude is a lyrical reverie with intimate solos for the flute.
Spring is a tiny Allegretto with a joyful tune and bird imitations.
Mists is an impressionistic mood picture 'to be played with a lingering autumnal feeling'.
Exotica for piccolo, full of Oriental pentatonics.
The finale, Summer, is a contented variation of the main theme of the Prelude, which brings the suite to a satisfying and lyrical conclusion.
NB Exotioca is preferably to be played on piccolo but an alternative part for flute is provided on the last page.