French composer and conductor, Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) published Concertino for Flute in 1946. As with his other wind compositions, Concertino was well-received by audiences.
Tomasi was born in Marseille, but his Father and Mother were originally from La Casinca in Corsica. Despite being pressured into musical studies by his parents, Tomasi dreamed of becoming a sailor, and during the summer, he stayed with his Grandmother in Corsica where he learnt traditional Corsican songs. However, in 1921, he began his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and went on to become a high profile composer and conductor. Tomasi did not forget his Corsican routes, often incorporating themes of the songs he had learnt during the summers with his Grandmother into his compositions. Concertino for Flute and Piano Reduction is a highly unusual and modern work in three movements; 1) Cadence and Allegretto, 2) Largo, and 3) Finale. This Tomasi piece is suitable to advanced flautists, providing an exciting, alternative addition to the instrument's repertoire.