Originals for Flute Ensembles

Instrumentation Labels:

- Letters used are listed in order of high to low (P - Piccolo, A - Alto, B - Bass, C - Contrabass). If no letter is used, those are Concert Flutes.

- Numbers are used to denote the number of parts for a given instrument, if more than one. (2P would mean 2 Piccolos, while P by itself means a single Piccolo part)

- If a value is listed between ( and ), those parts are considered to be optional.

Example: 2P/3(2)/A(A)/B/C would mean there are:

- 2 required Piccolo parts

- a total of 5 Concert Flute parts where 2 are optional

- a total of 2 Alto Flute parts where 1 is optional

- a required Bass Flute part

- a required Contrabass Flute part

As a Hymn Might Calm

[INSPIRATIONAL] - (P)/4(1)/A/B

$10.99

"As a Hymn Might Calm" is a relaxing piece that can be played as part of a religious service, or can be used as part of any performance between upbeat numbers. It's a very reflective piece, and I was happy to write something as simple as a calming hymn. This Quartet+ setting allows for you to have people on only Flutes 1-4 and then expand as needed! Expandable Flute Choir: Allows anywhere from 3-8 performers (depending on the piece) to create a full and rich sound for a multitude of settings! Comes complete with Piccolo, 5 Flute Parts, Alto Flute (with additional C Alto part), and Bass Flute (with additional Alto transposition).

Aztec Sunrise

[ORIGINAL] - P/5/A/B/(C)

$11.99

"Aztec Sunrise" was written as a warm-up piece with a little bit of flair. It's a good sight-reading piece that doesn't pose too much of a challenge while still being a wonderful piece to perform. Contrabass Flute part is optional.

Cantata No. 1

[ORIGINAL] - 4/(A)/(B)

$5.99

The first of a set of short cantatas for Flutes, this work is both simplistic and beautiful. An attempt to emulate different aspects of the great Bach results in this charming piece.

Carol of the Bells

[HOLIDAY] - P/5/A/B

$11.99

Ever wanted to have a Jazzy rendition of Carol of the Bells? Now you can! Straight from JMS Composer comes this snazzy and high-energy version of the familiar carol! With 80 parts Jazz, 20 parts Flute Choir, and 10 parts 5/4 time signature (that's 110%!), you are sure to win with this as a closer, opener, or anything in between! This set comes with a Melody part in case you need a little extra sound behind the melody, which has nothing but the melody from the entire piece.

Danza del Fuego

[ORIGINAL] - Piccolo duet over Flute Choir - 6/A/B

$17.49

"Danza del Fuego" is a powerful and challenging performance for a larger flute choir with two talented Piccolo players. It's a battle for supremacy with shifting meters and tonal centers! Work up the energy through the ever-changing rhythms through a great piece that will inject some energy into a performance or bring your show to a rousing end!

Equinox

[ORIGINAL] - Solo Alto Flute and Flute Choir - 2P/4/A/B

$18.99

“Equinox” – a 16-minute 5-movement concerto for solo alto flute and flute choir – was composed specifically for low-flute specialist Peter Sheridan and UNO’s Heartland Community Flute Choir. "Equinox" has a story behind it, revolving around a young girl figuring out what it means to believe. After a great morning hunt on the first day of Spring, everyone returns to a small village to celebrate and pray in thanks to the spirits of the world (I. As One Awakes). A celebratory dance is held that evening, where everyone except the Chieftain's daughter joins in. She, however, has been questioning what it means to believe in what the others do, and whether she is truly believing because she believes or just because others expect her to (II. Celebration of the Dance). The next day, tragedy strikes when the Chieftain is killed on the next hunt; he pleads for his daughter to understand why this must happen. However, she runs out of the village, uncertain of what will happen next and questioning her place in life (III. A New Dawn). As she continues to try and explore why she feels existence is out to destroy her, she begins to notice the world around her reacts to every movement she makes and action she takes. For a moment, this recognition allows her to see her father's spirit standing over her, as well as those long dead who continue to support her. She takes solace in this and heads back to the village when she hears the drums beginning a new dance in remembrance of her father's life (IV. Visions of Spirits). She returns and takes her place in leading the dance, but this is a different dance than the villagers have previously seen, as the Chieftain's daughter has a new take on life and what it means to believe. This creates a much more emotional dance as she experiences her own personal beliefs for the first time (V. The Dance). A more in-depth description of the story is included within the score. "Equinox" is scored for Solo Alto Flute, with a full choir of 2 Piccolos, 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute supporting. The Solo part is challenging and pushes the instrument to both high and low ranges. The choir parts are heavily intertwined, posing their own challenges while weaving in and out behind the Solo. "Equinox" was written in August/September of 2015, with heavy rehearsals with the Heartland Community Flute Choir in January and February. The score here includes all changes made during rehearsals to make performances flow better. Enjoy - and please let me know if you perform this! This is my favorite work - so far!

Expresso

[ORIGINAL] - P/4(1)/A/B

$10.99

"Expresso" for Expandable Flute Choir, is a lively piece that lasts but only a few minutes. Composed originally for a small woodwind quintet in 1999, it was reworked in 2010 and then 2013 to create a more fluid piece as flute choir fit the mood better. The title "Expresso" is meant to be a play on the words Espresso and Express. Having never been someone who became used to the taste of coffee, the aroma from Espresso had nonetheless been quite tantalizing. I saw the movement of someone's coffee in their cup one day as it spun around, and I realized that something similar could be done with the way a single chord progression can be inverted, which lead to the simplistic chord progression that moves along at a quick pace in Expresso. This is one of those pieces that needs to start slower during rehearsal and work up to a faster tempo. Pushing the tempo at performance is an amazing rush if you can, but while the melody is simple, I have always wanted for it to be still an emotional ride.

Flurrito

[ORIGINAL] - P/5/A/B

$10.99

Flurrito is a spicy combination of Flutes and the tasty kick of a spicy burrito...or at least that's what you might think with all of the syncopation which will make even your players want to dance! Staying in cut time the entire way but rotating through 9 key changes across 4 main tonal centers results in an amazing and energetic performance piece!

Overture for the Holidays

[HOLIDAY] - P/4/A/B

$10.99

There's always a need for a majestic opening for any performance, whether it be at the start of the show or as a piece to break up different portions of a show. This work was written while a light snow was falling, and serves to highlight the light and fluffy nature. It's an easy-going piece which should be easy to work up without much rehearsal time needed.

Phoenix of the Water

[ORIGINAL] - 4 or 4P or 4A or 4B

$13.99

Imagine a phoenix with its tail feathers burning a bright red. Now, imagine a watery counterpart, complete with shades of blue covering its body and trailing behind as the bird flies around. That is the Phoenix of the Water. Follow along as it flies around exploring all existence has to offer. Phoenix of the Water is designed to be played by four like instruments. This means 4 Piccolos, 4 C Flutes, 4 Alto Flute, or 4 Bass Flutes.

Ukrainian Bell Carol

[HOLIDAY] - P/3/A/B

$12.99

Before this piece was adapted with the words that made it the Carol of the Bells in 1936, the melody was part of th New Year's carol known as Shchedryk which tells the story of a swallow that enters homes to sing songs of wealth for the coming months. The original song was performed in Carnegie Hall in 1921, before the English words were created.

The original name is based on the Ukrainian word for "bountiful".

Waterway

[ORIGINAL] - Solo Picc and Flute, 2/A/B

$7.99

Imagine a phoenix with its tail feathers burning a bright red. Now, imagine a watery counterpart, complete with shades of blue covering its body and trailing behind as the bird flies around. That is the Phoenix of the Water. Follow along as it flies around exploring all existence has to offer. Phoenix of the Water is designed to be played by four like instruments. This means 4 Piccolos, 4 C Flutes, 4 Alto Flute, or 4 Bass Flutes.

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