Biography of Anton Bernhard Fürstenau (1792-1852)

Born in Münster, son of the flutist Caspar Fürstenau.
First lessons from the father, with whom he also did some concert tours later.
Member of the court´s orchestra in Oldenburg.
Acquaintance with Carl Maria von Weber on a concert tour to Prague
Member of the municipal orchestra in Frankfurt
Move to Dresden and engagement by the king of Sachsen, being solo flutist playing under Carl Maria von Weber. Both became friends soon. Weber supports Fürstenau in composing.
Flute method "Flötenschule" op. 26 and journey to London with Weber, whos opera Oberan is played there. Finds the dead composer in his quarter in the morning after an evening spent together.
Another friendship with Kuhlau who´s duets he used to play together with the composer.
In the newspaper Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, october issue, his article "Historisch-kritische Untersuchung der Konstrukzion unserer jetzigen Flöte" is published
His book Kunst des Flötenspiels in theoretisch-practischer Beziehung is published by Breitkopf
Concert tours with his flute playing son Moritz.
Stayed with an nine key flute for all his life.
Dies in Dresden.

Sheet music for flute:

26 Übungen - Heft I op. 107 (Etüde)
Edition Peters, Nr. 5059a
Rating: mid-grade
  1. C-Dur (Preludio con fuoco - Moderato)
  2. a-moll (Preludio Lentamente - Allegro)
  3. G-Dur (Preludio a piacere - Allegretto)
  4. e-moll (Preludio a suo comodo - Allegro)
  5. D-Dur (Preludio con agilita - Allegro)
  6. h-moll (Preludio Fiero - Allegretto)
  7. A-Dur (Preludio con grazia - Presto)
  8. fis-moll (Preludio affetuoso - Moderato)
  9. E-Dur (Preludio ardito - Allegretto)
  10. cis-moll (Preludio energico - Moderato)
  11. H-Dur (Preludio brillante - Allegro ma non tanto)
  12. gis-moll (Preludio malinconico - Allegretto)
  13. Fis-Dur (Preludio a piacere - Allegro)
  14. dis-moll (Preludio lentamente - Allegretto)
Difficult, but worth the work.
26 Übungen - Heft II op. 107 (Etüde)
Edition Peters, Nr. 5950 b
Rating: difficult
  1. F-Dur (Preludio con gusto - Allegro ma non tanto)
  2. d-moll (Preludio agitato - tempo di Polacca)
  3. B-Dur (Preludio con fuoco - Vivace)
  4. g-moll (Preludio con agitazione -Allegro con fuoco)
  5. Es-Dur (Preludio feroce - Andante)
  6. c-moll (Preludio lugubre - Burlesco moderato)
  7. As-Dur (Preludio con eleganza - Moderato)
  8. f-moll (Preludio con duolo - Moderato)
  9. Des-Dur (Preludio risoluto - Adagio)
  10. b-moll (Preludio a piacere - Allegretto)
  11. Ges-Dur (Preludio a piacere - Allegro)
  12. es-moll (Preludio lentamente - Allegretto)
6 Easy Duets - Book I op. 137
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(2 flutes)
Rating: difficult
  1. Duett 1 (C-Dur)
  2. Duett 2 (G-Dur)
  3. Duett 3 (F-Dur)
Parts in a cover. Unfortunately without numbering the bars in any way. The "Easy" as part of the title should not be taken literally. Both parts are emancipated and demanding, the movements are quite long and some of them are really very beautiful.
Only parts.
Amusements - 4 Bagatellen op. 65
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Rating: mid-grade
  1. Rondo - Allegretto
  2. Allegretto
  3. Andante grazioso
  4. Rondo - Moderato
Bouquet des Tons op. 125 (Etüde)
Alphonse Leduc, AL 20 964
Rating: difficult
  1. Energico
  2. Lagrimoso
  3. Allegro con spirito
  4. Moderato con molto sentimento
  5. Allegro moderato
  6. Serioso
  7. Allegretto
  8. Allegro appassionato
  9. Andantino con espressione
  10. Malinconico
  11. Allegro con spirito
  12. Allegro con fuoco
  13. Allegro moderato
  14. Andante maestoso
  15. Risoluto
  16. Allegro tempestoso
  17. Allegretto grazioso
  18. Allegro feroce
  19. Allegro non tanto
  20. A piacere
  21. A piacere
  22. Allegro agitato
  23. Allegro con fuoco
  24. Moderato
Very, very nice.
Großes Trio (mit Fuge) op. 118 (F-Dur)
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Zimmermann, ZM 32130
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Scherzo vivace
  3. Andante
  4. Rondo Allegretto
Introduction et Rondeau brillant op. 132 (D-Dur)
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Zimmermann, ZM 2447
  1. Introduzione - Allegro moderato
  2. Larghetto
  3. Allegro animato
  4. Allegro
  5. Rondo - Allegretto grazioso
With lots of virtuos cadencas. Probably this was composed for concerts with his son Moritz Fürstenau.
Introduktion und Variationen - über das polnische Nationallied "Noch ist Polen nicht verloren" op. 94 (G-Dur)
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Rating: mid-grade
  1. Introduktion - Moderato - Andante - Adagio
  2. Thema - Allegretto und 4 Variationen
Quartett op. 88 (F-Dur)
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Zimmermann, ZM 2687
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Adagio espressivo
  2. Allegro con fuoco
  3. Menuetto - Allegro
  4. Allegro maestoso
  5. Adagio (Nationalhymne Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser) mit 3 Variationen
Parts and score.
First editions in Berlin and London before 1840.

Literature von/über Anton Bernhard Fürstenau

Last edit 02.04.2012