The instrumentation for Suite Antique (for flute, harpsichord and strings) is the same as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. The suite is made up of six movements ranging from a Bach-like Aria to a Richard Rodgers-style Waltz. Rutter’s own style comes forth most strongly in the final Rondeau with its characteristically forward-driving rhythms and beautiful melodic lines. Evoking an ‘antique’ spirit, each movement is based on a Baroque or Classical style.
Orchestration: fl, hpd, str