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  • Bauer - Sonata - Alto Flute

    bauer op.22 nsmSonata, Op.22, by Marion Bauer

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by Peter H. Bloom (originally for viola)

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $11.79

    The following notes are excerpted, with permission, from the complete copyrighted foreword written by Peter H. Bloom for the Noteworthy Sheet Music edition of his transcription:

    "The career of Marion Eugenie Bauer (1882-1955) as a composer, editor, writer, teacher, supportive colleague and mentor continues to assert a significant impact on the trajectory of American Music.  It's mysterious that her legacy has been so rarely recalled and her music so infrequently performed in the six decades following her death.  ...  In 1906 she was the first of generations of American composers to study in Paris with the redoubtable Nadia Boulanger.  ...  We're fortunate that the composer crafted her own superb transcription of this sonata for clarinet and piano.  In order to achieve the equivalent musical impact, her viola and clarinet versions differ in some places.  The piano part, nevertheless, remains unchanged.  Sometimes we've opted for the clarinet version, sometimes the viola version, and sometimes a conflation of the two.  We have also made a few adaptive changes in tessitura, articulation, phrasing and dynamics to highlight the unique voice of the alto flute.  Though execution may occasionally differ, the rhetorical and emotional shape of the work remains essentially the same."

    P. H. Bloom, © January 7, 2014

    We provide our alto flute transcription; the piano part is readily available as a free pdf download of the score from sources such as imslp.org/.  Click to preview a page of the alto flute part.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages of music; Total, 12 pages.

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  • Beach - 3 Compositions - Alto Flute & Piano

    beach op40 nsm 245px3 Compositions, Op.40, by Amy Beach

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $10.50

    Amy Marcy Cheney was born in Henniker, New Hampshire in 1867 and began composing music at the age of four.  Initially home-schooled as a pianist, she continued her music studies in Boston and made her professional debut as a pianist at age 16.   She later became a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  At 18, she married the prominent Boston physician Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach and began using "Mrs. H. H. A. Beach" as her professional name.  She continued to perform occasionally as a pianist, but for many years she focused her musical skills primarily on composing.   After her husband's death in 1910, Mrs. Beach resumed her performing career, beginning with a three year tour of Europe, while also continuing to write music.   Her works were received with great acclaim, and Amy Beach became one of America's leading composers and the first American woman composer to achieve widespread recognition in the United States and abroad.   During her lifetime, she wrote more than 150 numbered works, spanning a variety of genres that included piano pieces, chamber music, orchestral works, sacred choral music, and a great many songs.

    Amy Beach's 3 Compositions for Violin and Piano, Op.40, were first published in 1898.   Written in the romantic style, the three pieces are (1) the beautiful but sombre La Captive, (2) a lovely, lyrical Berceuse, and (3) a lively but still tender Mazurka.  In addition to alto flute transcriptions of all three pieces, we include in our edition a version of the Mazurka transcribed for flute and piano (score and part), for those wishing to give this option a try as well.

    Click to preview a page of the Amy Beach "Berceuse" score transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano.

    Alto Flute part, 4 pages; Piano/Alto Flute Score, 10 pages;

    Alternate "Mazurka" Flute part, 2 pages; "Mazurka" Piano/Flute Score, 5 pages;

    Total, 29 pages.

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  • Bloch - Petite Fantaisie Hongroise - Pf & Afl

    bloch cover website image 240 pxPetite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Op.21, by J. Bloch 

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    József Bloch (1862-1922) was a Hungarian violin virtuoso, composer, and professor at the National Academy of Music and the National Conservatory (www.jewishencyclopedia.com).  His Petite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Opus 21, was written for piano and violin and published by Bárd, ca. 1901.  We thought this piece would work beautifully on alto flute, so we created a transcription of the violin part.  In the range written for the Petite Fantaisie Hongroise, the alto flute may evoke the dark, mournful tone of the modern tárogató, which is often referred to as the Hungarian national instrument.  We provide both our transcribed alto flute part and a re-notated edition of the piano score.  Petite Fantaisie Hongroise by Bloch – sheet music for alto flute and piano – click to preview p1 of the score.

    Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Piano Score, 6 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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    For those who would prefer to purchase a professionally-printed hard copy of this piece, rather than the PDF download offered above, our print edition of the Bloch Petite Fantaisie Hongroise No.1, Op. 21 transcribed for Piano & Alto Flute is available from Amazon, under Books (sheet music).  Click to view the listing of the print edition on Amazon.com.  Or, order a print edition directly from NSM for $13.49 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.1 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms-Sonata-Op120-1 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.1, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. John W. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.1 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument. The entire transcription of Op.120 No.1 works remarkably well, but the breathtakingly beautiful slow movement played on alto flute will steal your heart away.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages; Total 14 pages.

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  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.2 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms Op120 No2 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.2, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    This is the second of Brahms' two clarinet sonatas, transcribed for alto flute by John Pratt.  Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. Mr. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.2 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument.

    Alto Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 12 pages.

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  • Bridge – 4 More Short Pieces – Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano)

    Bridge 4-More-Short-Pieces nsmCradle Song, Gondoliera, Mélodie, and Elégie, by Frank Bridge

    Transcribed for Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J. W. Pratt
    Flute Part, Alto Part, PDF $11.99
    Like the 4 Short Pieces for Violin and Pianoforte published in transcription by Noteworthy Sheet Music earlier this year, these additional four short pieces by Bridge "provide a fine and delightful introduction to an accessible post-romantic composer who should be better known." Published by Bridge between 1903 and 1911, the works included in our second edition are transcriptions of Cradle Song, written for violin or cello and piano, Gondoliera for violin and piano, and Mélodie and Elégie for cello and piano. Mr. Pratt has created transcriptions of all four pieces for both flute and alto flute, and we include both instrument versions in this combined edition. We think Cradle Song and Elégie are particularly beautiful on the alto flute, but all are effective on either instrument, so we prefer to let our flutists decide on which instrument they choose to play each piece. We provide our flute and alto flute parts only; the original piano scores work well with our transcriptions and are available, along with the violin and cello parts, as free pdf downloads at imslp.org—click the links to access the scores for Cradle Song, Gondoliera, Mélodie, and Elégie.
    Flute part, 6 pages; Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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  • Bridge – 4 Short Pieces – Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano)

    Bridge 4-Short-Pieces Fl-or-Afl nsm4 Short Pieces, by Frank Bridge

    Transcribed for Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J.W.Pratt

    Flute Part, Alto Part, PDF $8.99


    The 4 Short Pieces by Frank Bridge were written for violin and piano, and first published in 1912. As noted in John Pratt's foreword to the edition, they "provide a fine and delightful introduction to an accessible post-romantic composer who should be better known."  The pieces are "Meditation", "Spring Song", "Lullaby", and "Country Dance".  Mr. Pratt has created transcriptions of the violin parts for both flute and alto flute, and we include both instrument versions in this edition. We think Nos. 1 and 3 sound particularly nice on the alto flute and No. 4 is a splendid romp on the C flute, but all four are effective on either instrument, so we prefer to let our flutists decide on which instrument they choose to play each piece. We provide only our flute and alto flute transcriptions; the piano score, including the original violin part, is available as a free pdf download at imslp.org.

    Flute part, 5 pages; Alto Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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  • Coste - Cavatine - Afl + Pf

    coste cavatine 245px nsmCavatine, Op.37, by Napoléon Coste

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.25

    Napoléon Coste (1805-1883) was born in a small village in the Départment of the Doubs, France.  He began to play guitar at the age of 6, studying with his mother who was an accomplished guitar performer.   Napoléon himself began teaching and performing on guitar as a teenager.   At age 24 he moved to Paris, where he studied under Fernando Sor, the renowned Spanish classical guitarist and composer.   Coste quickly established himself as a virtuoso and is widely acknowledged as the dominant French guitarist of his era.

    Coste became famous not only as a guitar soloist, but also as a major composer of some 60 works, most of which were written for guitar.   His Op.37 "Cavatine" is a short, single-movement piece for piano and oboe (or violin or flute).   Melodic but lively in places, the work should appeal to amateurs of a moderate or higher skill level.   Our transposition of Cavatine falls nicely within the range of the alto flute and sounds appealing and completely natural on that instrument.  The Noteworthy Sheet Music edition includes a score for piano and alto flute, in addition to the transcribed alto flute part.

    Click here to preview a page of the Coste Cavatine score for Alto Flute and Piano.

    Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Piano Score, 8 pages; Total, 16 pages.

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  • Debussy - Première Rhapsodie - Alto Flute

    debussy.premiere rhapsodie.nsmPremière Rhapsodie, by Claude Debussy

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by C.A.Vater, with a Foreword by P.H.Bloom

    Alto Flute Part ― PDF $5.99

    Since its introduction as a morceau de concours for the Paris Conservatoire in 1910, Debussy's Première Rhapsodie has been an essential piece of the clarinet repertoire.... Although most of the morceaux are, by definition, run-of-the mill exercises of virtuosity à la mode, a number have endured as works of significant musical merit.  Debussy's Première Rhapsodie is one such piece.  It's a vehicle for expressive interpretation and artistry, with charm, warmth, passion, and humor; a lasting treasure at the core of every clarinetist's collection of indispensable works.... But a transcription?  Of a work by Debussy - the great colorist of instrumental sonority?  From clarinet to alto-flute?... Each and every element, in fact, evokes the alto-flute!... Of course the piece sounds different on the two instruments.  Although the sonic hues are different, the colors are just as vivid.  The distinct sonorities of the alto-flute support the nuance, the affect, and the power of the work. (excerpted from Peter H. Bloom © 2012)

    Please click to preview p1 of the alto flute transcription of Première Rhapsodie by Debussy.  We provide our alto flute part only; appropriate parts for piano or orchestral accompaniment may be obtained as free pdf downloads from public domain resources, such as imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 4 pages.

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  • Dvořák - Ballada - Alto Flute & Piano

    Dvorak-Ballada-Op15 AflPf nsmBallada, Op. 15, by Antonín Dvořák

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $7.99

    The Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904) first visited England in 1884, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of London. He conducted several of his works there and and was commissioned to compose a new symphony for the Philharmonic Society, his Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, which he conducted in London on April 22, 1885. Dvořák, who was well-received in England for his longer works, including cantatas and oratorios, was asked by London publishers to write shorter compositions as well. The Ballada, composed by Dvořák in late 1884 shortly after he completed his Symphony No. 7, was written specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music. It is a short work of approximately six minutes duration for violin and piano. Written in the key of D minor, the Ballad's outer sections are solemn and melancholy while the contrasting central Allegro agitato is fervid and intense. The piece works nicely on alto flute, and our transcription required few adaptations from the original violin part.

    [Sources for Dvořák biographical information: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Eighth Edition, Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky) and the internet website http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/ballad.]

    Score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 14 pages.

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