Biography of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

02.07.1714
Born in Erasbach (Upper Palatinate) being son of a woodsman
1717
Move to Bohemia
1726
For six years in Komotau with the Jesuits for education
1731
Registers at Prague university for logic and mathematics
1732
Violin and cello lessons in Prague
1735
Goes to Vienna
1736
About three years of studies in Milan with Sammartini.
1745
Follows his master, prince Lobkowitz, to England
1756
Was given knighthood
1762
Premiere of the first version of Orpheus in Vienna
1774
Second Version of the opere, named "Orphée et Euridice" in Paris is premiered. In this version Dance of the blessed springs is included.
Music teacher of Marie Antoinette
Big fan of Händel and, like Haydn and Mozart, freemason.
15.11.1787
Dies in Vienna
Glucks works were analysed extensively fifty years later by Berlioz

Sheet music for flute:

Concerto (G-Dur)
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(flute (violin), piano orchestral excerpt)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro non molto
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro comodo
This work is not part of most of the lists of compositions. The edition is based on a handwriting from the national library in Karlsruhe.


Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Chor der seligen Geister im Elysium (F-Dur)
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(flute (violin), piano)
Rating: easy
  1. Lento, dolcissimo - Lento
Adaptation of the orchestral piece for flute and piano.


Reigen seliger Geister (F-Dur)
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(2 flutes, 2 violins, viola, cello (bass), piano orchestral excerpt)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Lent, tres doux
  2. Meme mouvement
This famous flute solo was added to the score of the opera Orpheus and Eurydice in the second edition of 1774.


CDs with/from Christoph Willibald Gluck

János Bálint, Nóra Mercz
Romantic Music for Flute and Harp (1993)
Bizet - Tchaikovsky - Gluck - Debussy - Ravel - Chopin
jpc
  1. Georges Bizet: Intermezzo from the Opera Carmen (02:32:00)
  2. Jules Massenet: Meditation from the Opera Thais (04:30:00)
  3. Auguste Durand: Premiere Valse in E Flat Major, Op. 83 (05:32:00)
  4. Georges Bizet: Menuet in E Flat Major (04:20:00)
  5. Claude Debussy: Petite Suite No. 1 - En bateau (04:09:00)
  6. Maurice Ravel: Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera (02:40:00)
  7. Auguste Durand: Chaconne in A Flat Minor (04:00:00)
  8. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Ballet in D minor (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) from the Opera Orfeo ed Euridice (07:27:00)
  9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante in C Major, KV 315 (06:18:00)
  10. Frederick Chopin: Variations in E Major on the Theme Non piu mesta from Rossini's Opera La Cenerentola (05:06:00)
  11. Edmund Schuëcker: Mazurka in E Flat Minor, op. 12 (05:10:00)
  12. Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow: Hindu Song from the Opera Sadko (03:26:00)
  13. Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Valse sentimentale in F Minor (02:45:00)
  14. Johann Strauß: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 (01:37:00)
Wurde im Studio aufgenommen, klingt aber nach einem Hallraum wie in der Kirche. Seltsamerweise kommt die Flöte dabei ganz aus der Ferne. Irritiert mich beim Hören. "Romantisch" im Titel ist wohl nicht musikhistorisch gemeint, sonst hätten Gluck und Mozart da nix verloren.
Natalia Gerakis, Ulrike Neubacher
Terra e Aria (2008)
Musik für Flöte und Harfe
jpc
  1. Claude Debussy: Syrinx (00:00:02)
  2. Claude Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de Lin (02:26:00)
  3. Gabriel Fauré: Morceau de concours (02:58:00)
  4. Georg Friedrich Händel: Allegro aus dem Harfenkonzert in B-dur (04:33:00)
  5. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Reigen seliger Geister (06:06:00)
  6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variationen über das Lied "Ah! vous dirais-je Maman" (06:02:00)
  7. Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie Nr. 1:
  8. Vivace - Adagio/Allegro - Allegro (03:26:00)
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonate in C-Dur, BWV 1033:
  10. Andante (01:26:00)
  11. Allegro (01:47:00)
  12. Adagio (01:57:00)
  13. Menuett I & II (02:57:00)
  14. Gabriel Fauré: Sicilienne aus Pelleas & Melisande (03:55:00)
  15. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz: Ecuador für Harfe solo (04:30:00)
  16. Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera (03:09:00)
  17. Jacques Ibert: Entr'acte (00:00:03)

Literature von/über Christoph Willibald Gluck

Last edit 07.09.2014