Nocturne, Tyrolienne and Rondoletto - Naderman / Tulou

for flute and harp

The Nocturne, Tyrolienne and Rondoletto is the result of collaboration between two remarkable 19th century musicians, one a harpist, the other a flautist.

Jean-François-Joseph Naderman (1781-1835), whose father was a harp maker, was a virtuoso on the instrument, and became the first professor of harp at the Paris Conservatoire. He wrote many musical compositions as well as a teaching method for the harp. He was often criticized by his contemporaries, however, both for the style of his playing and for his old-fashioned approach to teaching.

Jean-Louis Tulou (1786-1865) was a less controversial figure, whose flute playing was generally highly regarded. He, too, composed many works and a method for his instrument, and became professor of flute at the Paris Conservatoire in 1829.

The Nocturne, Tyrolienne and Rondoletto was composed probably in the early 1830s, and is a typical 19th century "showpiece" for both instruments. The Tyrolienne uses a tune from the ballet music in Rossini's opera William Tell. (This tune is also well known in Scotland as The Green Hills of Tyrol.) Whilst the Rondoletto is a variation on this material, using the same harmonic structure, the Nocturne is thematically independent of the later sections.

The Aeolia edition of the Nocturne, Tyrolienne and Rondoletto

This publication is an attempt to produce a practical performance version of the work: other available editions contain obvious errors such as wrong notes, inconsistent dynamics and discrepancies between the flute and harp copies, many of which have been copied from 19th century editions without correction. Given the unreliability of these earlier editions, no attempt has been made to produce a scholarly or "authentic" version. Instead, we have tried to rationalize the markings and correct obvious errors, and where there is clearly something amiss in previous editions, but more than one possible solution, we have provided one plausible suggestion.

The published copy is supplied with separate parts for flute and harp. The harp part includes markings for suggested pedalling and fingering.

Please note that although the image below shows the actual layout of a page of the Aeolia edition, it does not reflect the quality of the printed version. This is because the image on your computer screen reproduces the original at only 72 pixels (dots) per inch, with the result that slurs are jagged, stave lines are not equally spaced, and the appearance is generally crude. The actual printed version is produced using laser printers at over 34 million dots per page, resulting in complete smoothness and evenness in the quality of the print.

Naderman/Tulou - sample