Reimagining the Flute and Guitar Duo through Musical Translations of Keyboard Works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Noémi Győri

Throughout my years as a PhD student at the Academy, I carried out research as part of my ‘Classical Flute and Guitar Project’, which has involved the establishment of first-time musical translations for the flute and guitar duo of canonic Viennese classical and early romantic keyboard compositions. I have produced and published new scores of Haydn’s Hob.XVI:37, D major and Hob. XVI:30, A major Sonatas, Mozart’s K.397 D minor Fantasy and Beethoven’s Sonate caractéristique: ‘Les Adieux’, l’absence et le retour, No.26 op.81a in collaboration with guitarist Katalin Koltai. All of these were released as part of the ‘Classical Flute and Guitar Collection’ by Doblinger Austria, between 2016 and 2018. I have introduced these new works in numerous performances, radio recordings, in workshops, lectures, masterclasses, articles and through an album, Transforming Traditions, which was released by Genuin in 2019. (You can watch a short introduction of the disc and of the works here).

Apart from the practical artistic work, I have studied the relevance of the transcribed keyboard compositions of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in the context of the contemporary culture of flute and guitar duos. The findings are summarized in my thesis ‘Reimagining the Flute and Guitar Duo through Musical Translations of Keyboard Works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’.

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In my dissertation, I introduce and assess existing historic and contemporary transcriptions for the flute and guitar, present several theories of transcription-making and discuss my understanding of musical translation, which has become a central part of my concept and how I approach musical transcription-making and the performance of transcriptions as a whole. I also present my practical refinement of the musical translation strategies and methodologies in detail, used for the production of my own scores. I also include an analysis of more than 8000 concert hall programmes and interviews with flautists, guitarists, and programme promoters that I have carried out. My thesis in the end presents the critical findings of the creative process of producing duo scores, equally engaging and challenging for both instruments and concludes how The CFG Project redefines the flute and guitar duo.

I find that combining art with cognition and in-depth contextual understanding helps me to achieve more expressive, colourful, faithful and honest performances. Creating spiritful interpretations with intellectual and artistic transparency has offered great rewards for me and I am thrilled to be the first flautist to hold a PhD in Flute Performance Practice from the Royal Academy of Music.

Header Image Credit: Reka Erdi-Harmos

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If you would like to find out more about this project, please don't hesitate to get in touch:

Noémi Győri

Briony Cox-Williams (Supervisor)

Project Status: Complete