The alto flute is such a beautiful instrument and these pieces really highlight its versatility.
Franz von Vecsey arranged Jeffrey Beyer: Fantasy Pieces for Alto Flute and Piano
What a delight it is to be able play two straightforward but lovely pieces on the alto. The arrangements are very good with all the writing in the middle of the range which makes them very friendly to play. The contrast of the slow Waltz Triste and the perky Humoresque is excellent too. Perfect! Difficulty Guide: 7
David Bennett Thomas: You Can Dance if You Want To for Alto Flute and Piano
These four movements are written in a quirky, almost easy-listening style and in the best part of the range so they are really lovely to play. Each one captures the unmistakeable characteristics of its title but isn’t quite as expected. Dance music with a twist! Difficulty Guide: 7-8
Alexandra Lehmann: A Burns Flute Cycle for Alto Flute and Piano or Guitar
This really good piece is based around the poetry of Robert Burns and all the movements are gently engaging. The other great thing about it is the fact that there is very little music for alto flute that is pitched at this level. The choice of either piano of guitar for the accompaniment opens up different performance possibilities and there is an additional descant part for C flute which is a little more difficult. There is even a really easy bass line for bass flute. So this is both lovely and useful – a winning combination! Difficulty Guide: 4-6
Franz Schubert arranged Theobald Boehm: Three Songs from Schwanengesang for Alto Flute and Piano
Boehm had virtually stopped composing original works by the time he sent his new alto flute to Dorus in 1863, but he arranged these Schubert songs to promote the instrument. They were not published during his lifetime and the manuscripts were kept privately until recently. As you might expect, the writing is totally suited to the instrument and the songs are all sensitively treated. My own particular favourite is the lovely Standchen, which would make a very restful end to a concert programme. Difficulty Guide: 7
Andy Scott with Lemn Sissay: My Mountain Top for Alto Flute and Backing Track
What a piece this is and very interesting to perform. The alto part is a joy and the effects on the backing track really enhance Lemn Sissay’s evoctive and thought-provoking text. Synchronising with the track is a skill, but there are some pointers along the way to help the ensemble. This would add so much to a flute recital – give it a go and see! Difficulty Guide: 9
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