The Flute Blog

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Five Great Classical Flute Concertos that aren’t by Mozart.

    There are plenty of other lovely Classical flute concertos to explore. Here are five flute and piano arrangements of the best! This blog was originally posted in 2016 and has been updated for 2023 Joseph Haydn: Concerto in D major for Flute and Strings This little known D major Concerto by Haydn which has also…

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  • Five fabulous study books for flute

    Need a practice re-set? Look no further than these imaginative studies guaranteed to get you thinking! Aleksey Igudesman: Magical Spells for Solo Flute These ten short pieces are really quite difficult and they are certainly different. There are some that require good tonal inflection, such as ‘Open Sesame!’ others like’ Izzy wizzy, lets get busy!’…

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  • 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…

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  • Five Beautiful Flute Books That Make Great Presents

    Everyone loves new music and here’s our pick of the best surprise gifts for the flute player in your life. Guaranteed to please! Otto Schwartz: Poesia for Flute and Piano There is surely a place in everyone’s library for a book of beautiful music to play with a really good audio download and this lovely…

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  • The Five Best Christmas Playalongs for Flute

    Playalongs are great at Christmas as they make good presents and are fun to play. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous selection. Complilation: Play Happy Christmas for Flute and Piano This lovely book is pitched at just the right level for all those young players who started the flute in September. The most popular…

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  • Five Great Works for Flute by Black Composers

    Celebrate Black History Month by playing these special works by ground-breaking composers! Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Danse Negre for Flute Choir The opening of this sparkling work is instantly engaging with it’s swirling run-up and rhythmic energy. Sped along by a driving bass, articulated semiquaver passages and a catchy melody, this excellent arrangement holds the ensemble together…

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  • Christmas Flute Choir Music Hidden Gems

    There is now so much choice of Christmas music available for flute choirs that it’s difficult to know where to start. In this post I’ve selected some of my favourites which I can really recommend.

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  • The Best Flute Tutor Books for Young Beginners

    This blog was first written in September 2018 and has been updated for 2022. September is such an exciting time for flute teachers with new young beginners raring to go. Here are our top picks of the books to help them on their way. Kathryn Blocki: Flute Zoo Book 1 The Flute Zoo series of…

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