Suite for Flute Ensemble, Opus 146 was composed in the spring of 2010, and was commissioned by artistic director Jørn Schau of the Norwegian Flute Ensemble, Kristiansand. It was premiered in Kristiansand in December 2010 with Robin Rolfhamre as conductor. In this suite, Trygve Madsen has 'dusted off' an old compositional model, the French baroque suite, as found in works by François Couperin (1668-1733), among others. Here, Madsen adopts a pastiche tradition in European musical history in which a line can be drawn back to, for example, Edvard Grieg's suite 'Fra Holbergs tid' (1884) via Maurice Ravel's suite 'Le tombeau de Couperin' (1914-17). Like Grieg and Ravel, Madsen has been inspired by the challenge presented by adopting an 'old-fashioned' idiom, while also adding something new and personal; an exercise that demands respect for tradition at the same time as ironic distance. The commission of Suite for Flute Ensemble, Opus 146 is supported by Arts Council Norway. The work is published by Musikkhuset Forlag A/S in Oslo. Preambolo for eight flutes was composed in 2009, and is dedicated to the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and artistic director Jørn Schau. The work was premiered in Nice, France, in January 2010, during a 'Third International Flute Convention.' Preambolo and preludio are Italian terms for a piece of music intended to be played as an introduction to another composition, such as a fugue or a suite. The convention dates from the baroque era. Later on, composers used the word as a title for pieces in their own right, so-called character pieces, written in ternary form, suitable for the expression of two contrasting moods. Græsvold's Preambolo has two parts and a cadenza between. The first part is based on two sharply differentiated motives and derivations thereof. The second part is based on fragments of the catholic hymn Praedicasti Dei care, a sequence found in Trondheim, Norway, and probably from the first part of the 14th Century; the melody is part of a French sequence, De Beata simper virgine. Hans Magne Græsvold says 'I am very fond of this beautiful hymn, and I will probably use more from it in another context.' Preambolo is published by Edition Svitzer, Copenhagen. 'From Norway' - a suite for flute ensemble, was composed in March/April 2011, as a commission for the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and artistic director Jørn Schau. Terje Mathisen says of the work that 'it is largely based on folk music from Setesdal. The starting point is some traditional folk melodies of 4+4 (occasionally 5+5) bars. I have extended these to longer movements. Since it involves a 'translation' from vocal music to instrumental music, I have felt free to change the tempi, sometimes significantly, in relation to the original material - not least to create contrasts between the movements. The keys are also partially altered. I have used the following traditional folk melodies, taken from O.M. Sandvik: Setedal melodies (Tanum, 1952, reprinted as Norsk folkemusikklag skrift nr. 12 - 1999, Volume 2): First movement: Eg elskar kvila der du hev lege, eg elskar stolen der du hev sete (after T. D. Mosdøl) Second movement: De va so grønt innpå granskogsheii (after Ingebjørg Rike) Third movement: Ein spilemann må du alli taka (after Svein Tveiten) Fourth movement: Sandvassbylgjon dei rullar hoglegt (after Sigrid Faremo); Og fyst eg kjem ut å bygdan' flate (after Anne Rike) Sixth movement: Eg kann kje skyna koss det æ laga (after Hallvard Aakre) In the second movement I have also used a Halling from Setesdal, reproduced as No. 543 in Ludvig Mathias Lindeman's 'Ældre og nyere norske Fjeldmelodier', Volume III (1867)."