Richard Lambert Music the quiet evening hours (Op.27 No.2c)

An elegiac piece for alto flute and piano

This piece is a reworking of the song An end from the composer's song cycle …too bitter sweet, (Op.27) and takes its title from a line in the Rossetti poem, which suggests an overall mood of regret and nostalgia.

Based on a rising minor arpeggio in an E modal minor tonality, the main theme is varied slightly on each statement. Likewise the secondary motif, first heard in bars 27-30, is presented differently each time.

Wistful throughout and unashamedly melodic, the flute part is in constant dialogue with the piano accompaniment.


This piece is a good piece for me to introduce alto flute to my students. Your piece will be the third piece played by my student during her ALCM exam in April 2018. The melody is very suitable for alto flute. Your …in the quiet evening hours is a brilliant work for alto flute. It suits the range of the instrument and is reasonably technically demanding for young performers. My sincere thanks for your work. We enjoy playing this piece very much.

Victor Man-Yiu Ho, Director of Music, South Hong Kong Island Youth Concert Band - emails to composer: 14 November 2017 and 14 March 2018


  1. 7 August 2009 at St Lawrence Jewry Church, next Guildhall, London EC2. Rachel Smith (flute)
  2. 24 June 2017 St Peter's Church, Barrowden, Rutland UK. Rachel Smith (alto flute)
  3. April 2018 - final piece in an ALCM flute performance diploma at the Studio of Ho Man-yiu,Victor, 188 Connaught Road West,  Hong Kong Plaza, HK Western. Chun Nicole Wai Yan (alto flute) with LCM examiner Andrew McManus.


This recording of …in the quiet evening hours was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of the quiet evening hours from Forton Music (FM250 2015: ISMN 979-0-57048-419-5).

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