Having studied under Jean Pierre Rampal and Tony Aubin at the Conservatoire National de Paris, flautist Guy-Claude Luypaerts now divides his time between his work as a soloist, teacher and orchestral conductor, without neglecting his compositional activity. Luypaerts has remained true to his childhood land: for this resident of the seaside village of Panne in western Flanders, the North Sea coastline is a continual source of inspiration. This beloved landscape, where sea, sky and dune embrace, was the setting for the composition of the Partita for Flute in August 2014.
The title can be seen as a tribute to two essential works in the solo Flute repertoire: Bach’s Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 and the Sonata in A Minor Wq 179 by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. Dedicated to flautist Maxence Larrieu, who included it in the programme of his International Competition (2015), the Partita contains three movements. The energetic determination of Patience contrasts with the dreamy exhalations of Volutes, before the Chimères are unleashed upon an angry sea.