Flute Music
I have always loved the flute, and for many years I have loved a flute player, my wife Marion. Consequently I have written for flute often, especially things for flute and piano (no, we do not perform outside of our living room). Some are arrangements of classics, others are new compositions. Most piano parts have manageable page turns.

Solo Flute with Piano
  • Sea Shanties (arr. 2013)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $10

    Shanties are shipboard songs that were sung by sailors as they worked the great clipper ships (and other merchant vessels) of the 19th century. The Flying Cloud set the record for the fastest time from New York around Cape Horn to San Francisco in 1853, a record that stood until 1989. What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor? is perhaps the most famous, having been sung by generations of American schoolchildren. Shenandoah - perhaps the most lyrical of shanties - is an enigmatic song of longing that was sung by sailors on flatbottom boats plying the Mississippi. Jack Wrack tells the story of a young sailor who loses his earnings in an unfortunate relationship with a woman ashore.
  • Three Little Latin Rondos (2012)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $10

    Or "Tres Latinos Rondos Pequeños, as my Spanish-fluent webmaster tells me. Exactly as titled, these comprise a little set of Latin rhythmic flavors, fast-slow-fast.
  • Chopin: Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous (arr. 2012)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Price: $5

    A simple arrangement of this beautiful and famous waltz for piano. The piano part is quite easy, using two hands to play the accompaniment Chopin originally gave to the left hand.
  • Excerpt
    Marigold (2012)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $5

    This is a jazz ballad I wrote for my combo in the mid 1980s. The combo is still playing it, and I finally got around to arranging it for us to play at home. Though no real improvisation is required, both players must play in swing rhythm; as with all jazz, this is not notated. Improvised elaboration - especially in the piano part - is encouraged.
  • Excerpt
    Satie: 1st Gymnopédie (arr. 2011)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 3 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Price: $5

    This is a simple arrangement of the famous 1888 piano piece of Eric Satie. The piano covers the harp part from Claude Debussy's orchestral arrangement of this same piece.
  • Bartok: Little Suite, from For Children, Sz.42 (arr. 2011)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 8 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $10

    These are arrangements of a few of Bela Bartok's famous children's pieces for piano. These pieces are all based upon folk songs that Bartok collected from Hungary or Slovakia. When performing the entire set, the 2nd piece proceeds to the 3rd without pause.
  • Excerpt
    Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte (arr.2010)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 5 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $5

    Maurice Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess, a piano work more famous in his beautiful arrangement for orchestra, here in my reduction for flute and piano.
  • Excerpt
    Mozart: Romanze (arr.2010)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 5 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $5

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's second movement, Romanze, from the Serenade #13 in G, K.525, popularly known as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
  • Three Polish Folk Songs (arr. 2009)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $10

    A lament about a Ukrainian girl to whom her Polish boyfriend says goodbye for the last time (Hey Falcons), a traditional lullaby (A Little Spark), and a kujawiak, Na wierzbowym listku (The Nightengale and the Willow Leaf), a traditional Polish dance related to the mazurka.
  • Domesticities (2009-2010)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: about 8 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
    Price: $10

    Fond and sometimes humorous takes on our ordinary daily lives. These three pieces are ready to go and make a reasonable little suite; I hope eventually to add two more.
  • Three Romances (1976, revised 1981)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Advanced
    Price: $6

    An early work of which I am still fond, composed while studying at Western Michigan University. Three movements: slow (2:35) - mysterious and intense; fast (2:38) - free atonality with occasional tonal suggestions; moderate (3:56) - pensive and intense. All are inclined to the romantic, but without programs.
  • Excerpts
    Two Floot Loops (1979)
    Instruments: Flute and Piano
    Duration: 6 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Price: $6.99

    (1979), Zeed (a lullaby, about 2:45) and Letters Home (a ballad, about 3:00). Jazzy. There are actually 5 Floot Loops, and there is hope that the publisher will put out the rest later. Available from Little Piper.
Flute Duet
  • Attitudes (2008)
    Instruments: 2 Flutes or Alto Flutes
    Duration: about 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Difficult
    Price: $10

    Having been for many years a teacher of teenagers and parent of a couple more, I have tried here to capture three of the many quintessential states of the teenage psyche. In quieter moments—i.e., when not having to deal with them—I find these things amusing. It is remarkable that we can survive our teenage years and those of our children. These pieces should be rendered with the sort of wry good humor that is most possible later on, looking back at those awkward episodes. These work equally well on flutes or alto flutes; the excerpted demo performances are by the British new music group rarescale, whose founder, Carla Rees, specializes in the alto flute.
Alto Flute & Marimba
  • Habanera Chromatique (1994)
    Instruments: Alto Flute, marimba, extra percussion
    Duration: about 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Difficult
    Price: $10

    The marimba part requires a pair of bongos mounted on a stand over the left end of the marimba, played with the marimba mallets. The flutist occasionally plays a small metal egg-shaped shaker. The flutist is encouraged to play with a full, shawm-like tone, especially in the louder passages. This demo is also by members of rarescale. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#40353).
Flute Quartet
  • Cripple Creek Counterpoint (1992)
    Instruments: 4 Flutes or 3 flutes and 1 alto
    Duration: about 3-1/2 minutes
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Price: $14.99

    This was composed in 1992 for a student ensemble involved in a recording project at the Greenville Fine Arts Center. It is named after a small stream of dubious purity that runs behind the original campus of the school. During its 3-1/2 minutes the piece goes through sections of unison playing, tuttis, quasi-minimalism, and imitative polyphony. (Go to the Winds and Brass page to see a transcription of this for woodwind quintet.) This version is available from Little Piper.
Flute/Piccolo,Viola, Contrabass, Piano
  • Four Polish Folk Songs (2012)
    Instruments: Flute/piccolo, Viola, Bass, Piano
    Duration: about 12 minutes
    Difficulty: Difficult
    Price: $20

    This is an arrangement and expansion of the Three Polish Folk Songs described above. A 4th song—a polka-like tune called a krakowiak—has been added to the set. The krakowiak originated in the region of Krakow, and the dance steps mimic the motions of horses.
Flute/Piccolo, with Orchestra
  • Takes Two (2003)
    Instruments: Flute solo, doubling piccolo; harp; medium orchestra
    Duration: about 22 minutes
    Difficulty: Difficult; solo- Professional
    Price: $40

    The title of this concertino reflects a number of dualities in the work. It requires two instruments, flute and piccolo, to perform the solo part, and two parts to present the whole: the soloist and the orchestra. The flute and piccolo also perform briefly as a 2-instrument chamber ensemble. The basic melodic material, thoroughly introduced in the opening flute solo, obsesses with various combinations of major and minor thirds; the harmony does this as well, which leads naturally to the production of two essential harmonic flavors-- diatonic and chromatic. Expressively, there is somewhat of a contest between agitated and lyrical elements, with the lyrical side winning out in both movements. And, most importantly, the two movements each have a different take—very slow and very fast—on the same melodic and harmonic material. The flute/piccolo part is highly virtuosic and incorporates a wide variety of techniques and range of expression.

    The composition and premiere of Takes Two was funded in part by a generous grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which receives funding from the City of Greenville and the South Carolina Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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