ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Classical Flute Composer ~ F.D. Kuhlau

Updated on April 25, 2020
Joyful Pamela profile image

Pamela is a professional musician and private music instructor for over 3 decades. She is constantly researching aspects of music education.

Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau
Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau

Music Style Period: Late Classical - Early Romantic

Kuhlau was born on September 11, 1786 in Ulzen, Germany to an average family. Since his grandfather, father, and uncle were all musically talented on the oboe, they recognized his musical talents and scraped together funds in order for him to take lessons on the piano. Little else is known about his youth except that he lost his right eye due to a falling accident on ice at the age of seven.

He lived in Germany until Napoleon's forces took control of Hamburg in 1810. At that time, Friedrich was able to leave the country and move to Copenhagen, Denmark where he performed on piano and composed new works. By 1813, Friedrich became a Danish citizen since he was to live there for most of the rest of his life. Within a few years time he earned the rights to perform and become the choral master at the Royal Theatre. He was awarded a position as a court chamber musician during his stay in Denmark. The position of honorary professor was given him in 1828. During the mid 1820's, his friendship with Ludwig Beethoven allowed him to travel back to Vienna to work with the famed composer. He was responsible for introducing Beethoven's music to the people of Denmark and many times imitated Ludwig's style in his own compositions.

Although Kuhlau composed music for many mediums and forms, his most famous are piano pieces. His sonatas are still frequently used as repertoire for teaching piano. He also composed many works for voice. Although Mr. Kuhlau was not a flutist, he became one of the most noted flute composers of his time period. Some referred to him as "the Beethoven of the flute". (Wikipedia) His flute pieces include flute solos, flute with piano, flute duets, trios, and groups, and chamber ensembles which included flute.

There are over 200 known published works by this gentleman. He had composed many more unpublished pieces that were unfortunately lost in a fire which destroyed his house. It is thought that this fire caused smoke inhalation and illness to Mr. Kuhlau leading to his death on March 12, 1832 in Lyngby, Denmark.

Kuhlau Flute & Piano Divertissement #5

Grande Sonate Concertante for Piano & Flute

Flute Quintets
Flute Quintets
Enjoy these three quintets for flute, violin, 2 violas, and cello written by Mr. Kuhlau. Ginevra Petrucci, flutist, performs the quintets with the string players for almost an hour and a half of beautiful music.
 

Trio in G Major ~ Opus 119, 1st Movement

Inspired to play some yourself?

Three Grand Duos, Op. 39 (Kalmus Edition)
Three Grand Duos, Op. 39 (Kalmus Edition)
Three Grand Duos, Opus 39 is one of my most favorite pieces to play perform on flute! My teacher years ago introduced it to me as a study piece since it involves many scales, arpeggios, and other technical aspects. She always said she preferred to give students Kuhlau pieces instead of the typical "etudes" as they require numerous technical skills, but also allow the player to develop their expression abilities. Plus, they are beautiful and fun to play (especially as a duet or chamber ensemble)! Since then, I have assigned many a Kuhlau duet to my students who have enjoyed adding them to their repertoire of most loved pieces. They have performed them and even used them for high level auditions. Some of my other favorites are Opus 87 for two flutes and Opus 119 for two flutes and piano.
 

Kuhlau for Playing, Learning, & Teaching!

So, why would I write a page about Mr. Kuhlau's music? I'm a musician who is interested in many styles of music. I have played and performed many of Kuhlau's flute pieces. They are beautiful to listen to and fun to play. Many of the duets and other forms have "equal" parts for the two flutes meaning both 1st and 2nd parts contain sections of the solo melody and the harmony. From a teaching standpoint, I like them because they contain many scales and arpeggios which I like my students to frequently work on. (It's much more fun working on them via a song though instead of an etude book!) The flute pieces give players the full range of notes of the flutes, dynamics, and articulations. Most of my students have enjoyed playing and performing these awesome pieces of flute music. Sometimes they are a little worried when they play one for the first time. ("Mrs J, there are a lot of notes on that page!"), but they usually ask to play other ones once they master the first one!

I hope you have enjoyed listening to this gorgeous music from the videos, learning a bit about Mr. Kuhlau, and finding free music to play!! Thanks for visiting!

Comments ~ I'm glad you stopped by!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • blessedmombygrace profile image

      blessedmombygrace 

      9 years ago

      Hey, just found this. Great hub

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Never heard of this composer! Our classical music knowledge is based on what we learned at school (long ago) and the instruments that our daughters chose to play - piano and cello.

      We will look up some more music - sounds great. Thanks for introducing us to this composer.

    • profile image

      Jill 

      10 years ago

      So thrilled to find this! My daughter is a new and very eager flute student. Can't wait for her to hear the music you have here. Thank you so much for sharing your love of music!

    • Joyful Pamela profile imageAUTHOR

      Joyful Pamela 

      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Actually, his main instrument was the piano! He is best known for his piano works which are beautiful and excellent for piano students. When I researched him, I found it interesting that although he composed so many flute pieces, he did not play the flute! His music makes wonderful learning pieces for flute students, also. I like to use them with my students in place of "etudes" sometimes, because they contain many fundamental flute techniques, but are much more fun to play. The kids like them because they feel they are playing a "real piece" that could be performed instead of a dry etude. Thanks for stopping by and sharing about Kuhlau! :)

    • daddyjb profile image

      daddyjb 

      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the information about Kuhlau. I'm a pianist so I only know him for his sonatinas. They're frequently used in piano lessons for intermediate level students. Sounds like he was more of a flutist!

    • Joyful Pamela profile imageAUTHOR

      Joyful Pamela 

      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-D I love playing Kuhlau's music!

    • profile image

      MaryRenee 

      11 years ago

      Pamela: Wow! Awesome hub, I really enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing! :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)