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Cambini Op.5No1 FlFl nsmSonata in D Major, Op.5, No.1, by Giuseppe Maria Cambini

Duet for Two Flutes
Score and Parts, PDF $7.99


Giuseppe Maria Cambini (1746-1825) was an Italian-born violinist and composer. He was one of the most prolific composers of his era, particularly of instrumental works, of which he wrote over 600, including numerous symphonies, 149 string quartets and over 100 trios, as well as ballets, operas, & oratorios. Flutists will know him for his concertos and extensive body of chamber works featuring the flute, including duos, trios, quartets and quintets.

Noteworthy Sheet Music published this edition of Cambini's Sonata in D Major, Op.5, No.1 at the suggestion of flutist Richard A. Evans, who long ago obtained the duet from the Library of Congress and believed it undeserving of its current obscurity. We at NSM agreed that the duet should be made more readily available to present-day musicians and audiences. Our edition provides both score and parts, and incorporates articulation and dynamic edits supplied by Mr. Evans.

Note that Cambini's Opus 5 flute duets were made into trios by the addition of a bass part composed by Thomas Billington. A PDF scan of the trio edition for two flutes and continuo arranged by Billington is available at as Cambini's 6 Duos for Two Flutes, Opus 11 (London, printed for Longman & Broderip, n.d.).

Score, 8 pages; Flute-1 part, 4 pages; Flute-2 part 4 pages; Total, 22 pages.

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haydn fantasia image 240pxFantasia in C major, by F. J. Haydn

Arranged as a Duet for Flute and Alto Flute by John W. Pratt

Flute Part, Alto Flute Part, and Score ― PDF $12.99

Fantasia in C major (Op.58; Hob. XVII:4) was written by Haydn in 1789 for the pianoforte.  Based on a folk song about a farmer's wife chasing her cat, one can easily imagine in the music kittenish scampering, stealthy approaches, unexpected pounces, and mad chases with abrupt changes of direction.  The style and playfulness of the piece are beautifully suited to the agility and sparkle of flutes.  The transcription is able to capture the feel Haydn intended, with new coloring, while at the same time affording flutists the joy of experiencing the work first-hand.  (adapted from JWP's foreword to the edition)

Please click to preview p1-2 of the mini-Score.  After opening the file, adjust the orientation using "View - Rotate View - Clockwise" in your pdf reader program.

Flute part, 6 pages; Alto Flute part, 7 pages; Mini-score, 6 pages; Total, 22 pages. 

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herman.op.86 duo1 248Trois Grands Duos Brillants et Mélodiques pour Deux Flûtes Concertantes, by Jules Herman

New Editions by Noteworthy Sheet Music, with a Foreword by P. H. Bloom

Duo 1: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Mini-Score ― PDF $17.98

Duo 2: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Mini-Score ― PDF $21.75

Duo 3: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Mini-Score ― PDF $17.98


Jules Herman's Grands Duos Concertantes (Opus 86) are works of ingenuity, charm, brilliance, grace, and humor.  Long overlooked, they are extraordinarily fine examples of concert-worthy duets of the late 19th century.  Originally published by Choudens in Paris about 1885, the Grand Duos were dedicated to composer François-Auguste Gevaert (1828–1908), then director of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.  Flutists will find these works challenging and rewarding, teachers of advancing students will be amazed by their utility, and audiences will be enchanted.  (excerpted from PHB's © foreword)

Note that these duets make for excellent sight-reading training ... the music is interesting and demanding, and the parts are nicely balanced.  Duo 1 has three movements: Allegro moderato, Adagio sostenuto, and Rondo allegro.  Duo 2 also has three movements: Moderato, Scherzando, and Polonaise.

Duo 1: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Mini-Score, 12 pages 2-up; Flute 1 part, 12 pages; Flute 2 part, 12 pages; 40 pages total.

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Duo 2: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Mini-Score, 14 pages 2-up; Flute 1 part, 15 pages; Flute 2 part, 14 pages; 48 pages total.

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Duo 3: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Mini-Score, 11 pages 2-up; Flute 1 part, 12 pages; Flute 2 part, 12 pages; 40 pages total.

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Hoffmeister Op50No3 Fl-Fl nsmSonata in D minor, Op.50, Duo 3, by Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Duet for Two Flutes
Score and Parts, PDF $11.25

Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) was a German music publisher and prolific composer. He studied law in Vienna, but after becoming captivated by the music scene in that city he devoted the rest of his life to music. His compositional output includes numerous symphonies and overtures, operas, string quartets, pieces for piano, and a great many compositions for flute, including concertos and chamber works. Noteworthy Sheet Music's edition of the Sonata in D minor, Duo 3 from Hoffmeister's Trois Duos pour Deux Flûtes, Op.50 was edited and notated by Richard A. Evans and Bronnie Stroud. Years ago, Mr. Evans located several original editions of 18th and 19th century flute duets, long since out of print, at the Library of Congress. He found them quite enjoyable to play, and undeserving of their current obscurity. NSM agreed and is offering updated editions of these flute-flute duets, as well as editions transcribed for flute and clarinet (browse under under Wind Ensembles or Clarinet).

mp3 iconClick the mp3 icon to listen to a short audio sample of the Hoffmeister Sonata in D minor first movement, performed and recorded by Demi Stevens, a former student of Richard Evans, playing both parts of the duet.
"This is a fabulous duet and has been incredibly fun to practice. Thank you for making it available!"
"Cheers to my mentor's awesome arrangement. I hope you enjoy! With love and admiration, ~Demi"

Score, 15 pages; Flute-1 part, 8 pages; Flute-2 part, 8 pages; Total, 34 pages.

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mcdonald.three four-note flute duets.image 240pxThree Four-Note Flute Duets, Op.448b, by John D. McDonald

Contemporary Composition for Two Flutes, PDF $2.99

"Composed for Ethel Farny and her flute students at the Rivers Music School, these short duets sprout initially from the first flute/violin duet of Several Strands, Op. 448a.  This Grazioso is indeed made from only four pitches. Similarly, Murmurando confines itself to a four-note knot until its final dyad.  The third duet, Con Eleganza, stretches the four-note concept a bit more. Each instrument has its own four-pitch pattern, and a coda leaves the four-note idea behind all together, concluding the set with six slower, somewhat more chromatic bars that could very well lead to future music of more emotional complexity.  Perhaps there will be more duets to come."    ― John McDonald, November 2009

John McDonald is a member of The Mockingbird Trio, directs the Tufts Composers Concert Series, and serves on the boards of several performance organizations in New England.  He has recently fulfilled commissions from The Chamber Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Holzman, The Firebird Ensemble (for an Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Residency, with support from a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Award), and the ANA Trio (Fredonia University; soprano, cello, and piano), among others.  Recent performances by McDonald at the Goethe Institut of Boston, at Tufts, and at many other venues have been highly acclaimed.

Score for Two Flutes, 2 pages; Total, 4 pages.

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