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.
Full scores and parts are available to hire at the OUP link below. The chamber orchestra full score and set of parts are available to buy from OUP.
Orchestration: fl, hpd, str