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Georges Barrère Georges Barrère (1876–1944) studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Henry Altès and Paul Taffanel. As a very young man in 1894 he played the solo in the first performance of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après- midi d'un faune. In 1905 he emigrated to the USA where he was first flute in the New York Symphony Orchestra, which later merged with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Barrère taught at the Institute of Musical Art, which became the Juilliard School. He taught an entire generation of great American flute players including William Kincaid, Samuel Baron, Frances Blaisdell, Arthur Lora and Bernard Goldberg. Barrère gave the first performances of many works that are now part of the standard repertoire of the flute, including Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5, written to be performed on Barrère’s newly-acquired platinum flute. Barrère founded the New York Flute Club in 1920. Photograph of Georges Barrère courtesy of Nancy Toff.
Christopher Steward’s early flute recordings
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Alfredo d’Ambrosio’s Canzonetta Op. 6 was composed for the violin. Georges Barrère plays it here with his Barrère Ensemble, a wind group that reproduced well in the early days of acoustic recording. Recording made in 1915.
Nancy Toff’s comprehensive biography of Barrère, Monarch of the Flute: The Life of Georges Barrère, was published in 2005 by Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-517016-4).
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