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Tarentelle, Op. 6 (1857) for flute, clarinet and piano

Tarentella in A minor Op 6 was composed by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) for flute and clarinet, accompanied by orchestra or piano. Saint-Saëns entered the realm of the concerto by dedicating this piece to his two colleagues: flautist Louis Dorus and clarinettist Adolphe Leroy.


When the prodigy composed his Tarantelle in A minor Op 6 at the age of 22, he had already completed three symphonies and won the first prize in organ at the Paris Conservatoire as well as the admiration of musicians such as Berlioz, Liszt, and Rossini. In fact, it was Rossini, who helped this Tarentelle win universal acclaim after inviting Saint-Saëns to perform it in his glittering salon.


Deriving from the name of the town of Taranto in southern Italy, the tarantella was a couple folk dance characterized by light, quick steps and flirtatious movements between dance partners. It gained popularity as a concert piece in the 19th century for its wild energy, which is manifested in the virtuosic playing of the two wind players.


Enticing, ever-changing, the piece offers a wide range of colours, from its playful beginning to its precipitous end, with an expressive central section. The energetic exchanges between the flute and the clarinet especially, shape the playful character of the piece. A simple four-bar motive, stated by the piano in the introduction, serves as a common thread throughout the cheerful piece.

Tam Ka Iu

Tam Ka Iu is currently studying the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Piano Performance. She has attained Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) in 2019 and is now under the tutelage of Dr. Timothy Kwok Ka-ho.


She has actively engaged in various performances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. She obtained a silver award in the 9th HKYPAF Young Artist Award and has received multiple awards in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals. Also, she participated in the Ensemble-in-residence 2021-2022 and performed with Mr Lorenzo Iosco as a student performer. Being a piano accompanist, she has worked and performed with the School Choir of Tak Sun Secondary School and the Children’s Choir of the Creative Kindergarten.

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Tsui Hiu Nam

Melody Tsui Hiu Nam is currently studying in the second year of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is majoring in clarinet under the tutelage of Mr. Lorenzo Antonio Iosco and minoring in bassoon under Mr. Michael Campbell. In 2016, Melody attained her Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) certification in clarinet.


Melody actively participates in orchestral and chamber music and has been playing in orchestras and choirs since her primary school years. She has performed as a clarinetist in various groups, including the Ponte Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Chung Chi Orchestra, Chung Chi Wind Orchestra, Kowloon Youth Symphonic Band, Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band. Melody has showcased her talent in numerous concerts featuring a diverse range of music.

Ho Yee Kiu Kelsey

Kelsey Ho Yee Kiu is an undergraduate student studying music in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in flute under the tutelage of Ms. Megan Sterling. Kelsey is active in orchestral and chamber playing. She enjoyed playing with Pro Arte Orchestra, Chung Chi Orchestra, Chung Chi Wind Orchestra, CUHK Student Orchestra, O Wind Ensemble and Syrinx Flute Choir as flautist and piccoloist, and recently appeared as a guest player in CityU Philharmonic Orchestra. She has benefited from the woodwind masterclass held by Professor Yiu Song Lam, the Head of Winds, Brass and Percussion of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


Kelsey has been awarded multiple prizes in local and international competitions, such as the Absolute First Prize and Unique Interpretation Award in UK International Music Competition 2023, as well as being a Prize Winner of 6th Hong Kong Music Talent Competition. She has also won the 3rd Place in the Premia International Young Artists Music Festival 2022, which she will be performing in the Prizewinner Gala Concert in July at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.

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