• Jonathan Dove
  • The Magic Flute Dances (1999)
    (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra)

  • Peters Edition Limited (World)

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists’ Trust. First performed 27 February 2000, Milton Keynes Theatre, Emily Beynon (flute), Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton.

  • fl + 2(2pic).2.2.2/
  • fl + pf
  • Flute
  • 17 min

Programme Note

What happens to the magic flute at the end of Mozart's opera? Does Tamino give it back to the three ladies? Does it lie in a box, forgotten, at the back of a cupboard? Or does it, perhaps, when no-one's looking, come out and dance, singing to itself about Tamino's adventures? When Emily Beynon asked me for a concerto that had some connection with Mozart, I thought this could be an opportunity to let the flute out of its box, not to play the music it plays in the opera, but to play the music it has heard other people sing.