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Click on the link for a free download of our transcription for alto flute of the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder. We offer free previews of the first pages of most of our editions, so be sure to check out the individual listing pages (reached either from the Catalog or from the various categories under Sheet Music in the drop-down menu). Also free, courtesy of composer Elizabeth Vercoe - Woodwind Duos for 2 flutes, oboes, or clarinets.  And free sing-along materials, courtesy of John Pratt.


arriaga nsmQuartet No.1, by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

Violin 1 Transcribed for Flute by Peter H. Bloom

Flute Part, PDF $9.95

Peter H. Bloom wrote the following foreword (© 2014):

"Even among the most celebrated musical prodigies (Mozart, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, and Varèse, for example) Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga's genius and technical mastery are exceptional.  This D-minor quartet, one of three string quartets written in 1824, is a work of structural brilliance, rhetorical grace, and elegant intensity.

Adapting music originally written for violin to flute is often relatively straightforward.   Occasional octave reassignment and re-interpretation of double stops are typical changes.   But when a flute assumes the voice of the first violin in the context of a string quartet, further accommodations are usually necessary.  Dynamic balance, sonority, clarity of phrasing and consistency of articulation among the ensemble require a reassessment of many interpretive indications that are native to the violin.  In this arrangement we have, as a rule, eliminated Portato indications; they are useful for violinists but merely distracting to the flutist.   Articulation and phrasing marks have occasionally been changed, or eliminated, in instances where violin-orientated directions might mislead the flutist.

A final thought: The flutist proposing to replace the first violin in a string quartet of this beauty and integrity may meet resistance from string-playing colleagues.  After a fair reading, however, they'll share your enthusiasm for Arriaga's Quartet in D-minor for Flute and Strings."

P. H. Bloom, Somerville, MA

29, May 2014 ©

Click to preview a page of Mr. Bloom's flute transcription of the violin 1 part for Quartet No. 1 by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga.

We provide only the transcribed Flute part.   The Violin 2, Viola, and Cello parts, as well as the original Violin 1 part, are in the public domain and available as free PDFs downloads from

Flute part, 9 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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