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    Hi all

    I love playing classical music. I am a flautist, however I do not particularly like Baroque music. This means that I am stuck playing Classical concertos on the flute.
    Does anyone know of concertos written in the Romantic era, not just for flute, but any woodwind instrument?

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    It´s a limited repertoire and very much off the beaten path, plus it partly depends on where you set the limit period-wise.

    Weber is of course an option, some lovely pieces for clarinet and for bassoon + orchestra.
    Hummel did a Bassson Concerto too.

    Later on, I guess Richard Strauss´ Horn Concertos belong to the more well known (there´s one by Franz Strauss too). And a horn concerto by Schoeck comes to mind too.

    Sadly, Nielsen only finished the Flute Concerto and the Clarinet Concerto, he planned from a series of solo concertos from the wind quintet ensemble. They are somewhat modern, though.

    Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Rawsthorne, Finzi and Vaughan-Williams are among those from the later, rich British tradition who wrote wind concertos, some of them I guess can be described as somewhat Romantic.

    There´s also a 20th-century French tradition - Ibert, Milhaud, Jolivet, Francaix, Chaminade, etc.

    Wikipedia has entries for the instruments; example:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon_concerto
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    Thank you for replying.

    I am pleased that some could be found. Which ones would you personally recommend?
    I have been to see Weber's bassoon concerto, played by the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra with Rhiannon Carmichael as soloist, however it struck me as Classical more than Romantic. I had not known about Nielsen's Concertos. I will need to investigate these.

    As a composer, I also wish to write wind concerti. Which ones would be good to study from this list (I write in a Romantic style)?

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    There´s another piece by Weber too; it is debated whether he´s classical or romantic or in-between.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg23poTES4

    I forgot to mention Benoit´s Flute Concerto, some people consider it a gem, but it´s one of the few mid-19th century, more well-known pieces.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW5BXtWX3PM

    It´s really a matter of taste; just hear some samples on you-tube, a lot of it is there ... I like Nielsen´s clarinet concerto, but it may be too modern for you. The English often have a somewhat pastoral mood, that may appeal to you.
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