Serenade for Flute, Violin & Piano, Op.85
Boisdeffre's Serenade dates from 1895. It is in one movement. Calm and dreamy with no great dramatic climaxes, nevertheless the work is full of charm and elegance.
René de Boisdeffre (1838-1906) was born in the French village of Vesoul. He came from a distinguished military family and moved to Paris at the age of four when his father, at that time a captain in the army, was transferred. His parents did not allow him to enter the Paris Conservatory but he received private piano and composition lessons from Charles Wagner and later from the respected French composer and professor at the Conservatory Auguste Barbereau. These came to an end when Saint Saens warned him away from Barbereau and briefly took the aspiring composer under his wings. Of independent means, he was able to devote himself to composition. He was especially fond of the genre of chamber music writing several trios, quartets and quintets, all with piano, as well as a number of instrumental pieces.
There are not a great deal of works for this ensemble and this is a good one, not to be missed. We publish two other works for this same combination which may be of interest to you: the Mel Bonis Suite, Op.59 and Josef Küffner's Serenade, Op.4 .