Category: Hidden Gems

  • Five ideal books for post-beginners!

    Five ideal books for post-beginners!

    Open up a whole new world to inspire young and enthusiastic flute players with this eclectic selection of books. Zoe Booth: Dinosaurs for Solo Flute with Piano This is such a fun book for younger players! Aimed at the beginner to the slightly more experienced, the short melodies are packed with scary goodies. For example,…

  • Five British successes at the NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2023.

    Five British successes at the NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2023.

    It’s always great to celebrate home-grown winners from competitions at the National Flute Association’s annual convention. Here are the ‘Best of British’ from their Newly Published Music category. Alan Ridout: Sonata for Flute and Piano, published by Aurea Capra This lovely Sonata by the rather forgotten British composer Alan Ridout will feel a little nostalgic…

  • Five enchanting Flute Trios

    Five enchanting Flute Trios

    Playing flute trios is an absolute delight, especially when the music is as incredible as this. Don’t miss out—pick up your flute and give them a try. Laszlo Zempleni: Trio for Flutes This great flute trio by the Hungarian composer Laszlo Zempleni is really good. The opening Allegro is full of life and energy, the…

  • Five charming flute pieces to play before grade 5.

    Five charming flute pieces to play before grade 5.

    It’s always good to explore new repertoire prior to taking the next exam. These gems are wonderful at any time. Emile Kronke: Five Miniatures for Flute and Piano Op 92 Here are some more delightful pieces from Emil Kronke. He writes so well for developing players, keeping the technical challenges simple but adding sumptuous harmonies…

  • Five pieces for Two Flutes and Piano that will make you smile.

    Five pieces for Two Flutes and Piano that will make you smile.

    Playing music for two flutes and piano is a real treat and here are five of the best. Johannes Brahms arranged William Bennett: Sixteen Waltzes Op 39 for Two Flutes and Piano This book is wonderful. Eight familiar Brahms waltzes have been arranged as only Wibb can, with tonal colour being really important throughout. The…

  • Five lovely works for alto flute.

    Five lovely works for alto flute.

    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…

  • Five celebratory flute choir works fit for a King!

    Get ready for the Coronation with these great arrangements which will add splendour to any occasion. God Save the King! arranged for Flute Ensemble by Alfie Pugh Think how many times you could use this great arrangement of the National Anthem. It fits every situation as it works with or without alto flute and with…

  • 5 lovely flute pieces to welcome in Spring!

    Banish the grey of Winter with these sparkling works guaranteed to bring out the sunshine! Gary Schocker: Springsongs for Flute and Piano These five short pieces are all very appealing. Bathing the flute in spring sunshine, the’ Allegro amiable’ and ‘Light and airy’ are charming while the Allegretto is a little more dramatic. There is…

  • Five great books for Mother’s Day.

    Make her day by playing her one of these wonderful pieces! Geoff Eales: Song For My Mother for Flute and Piano There are very few mothers who wouldn’t love to have this laid-back piece played to them. Geoff Eales has managed to capture love and gratitude in one simple melody – perfect! Difficulty Guide: 6-7…

  • Five Great Books for Flute Players by Cecilia McDowall

    Five Great Books for Flute Players by Cecilia McDowall

    Cecilia McDowall writes really imaginative music. Explore her styles in these wonderful books. Cecilia McDowall: Six Pastiches for Flute and Piano Clever, amusing and with unexpected twists, Six Pastiches is probably the best known of Cecilia’s books. Each movement is a caricatures of itself. Comic Song is in a minor key, the Hornpipe has the…