Flute Duets, Trios, Quartets
Three 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.
Duo for Two Flutes, by Matt Samolis
Contemporary Composition for Two Flutes, PDF $17.99
Duo for Two Flutes was written using twelve tone techniques. The original tone row was divided in half, with each set of six tones being used to generate one of the flute parts. Frequently changing time signatures reflect compositional organization of the pitches, and does not establish meter. The piece has a playful, somewhat mechanical feel. Click to preview p1 of the score. To listen to bits of a recording of Duo for Two Flutes performed by Matt Samolis and Peter H. Bloom, click on the icons below.
Score for Two Flutes, 8 pages; Total, 11 pages.
5 Dessert Rounds, by Zenon Slawinski
Contemporary Composition for Two Flutes
Score, PDF $4.99
Excerpts from the preface to the edition by Zenon Slawinski:
In most classic rounds the second voice begins and plays (or sings) the same melody as the first voice. That's the case here too for three of the five Dessert Rounds. Rounds 3 and 4 are different. In Round 3 - The Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie - the second voice plays the same melody but a third higher. In Round 4 - Sweet Potato Flan - the second voice plays the melody a 4th higher. // The Dessert Rounds are relatively simple and should not pose any difficulties for most intermediate players, although there are some tricky meter changes in Round 2 - Chocolate Mint Ice Dream - if you practice this slowly you'll soon be able to get past the meter changes and simply enjoy your dessert. // Round 4 - Sweet Potato Flan - is written in 7/4. // I purposely left off many performance markings so the players can make their own mark on the compositions. Interpret these pieces freely and have fun.
Zenon Slawinski, September 12, 2014
Click to listen to a few audio samples of the Dessert Rounds:
Score for two flutes, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.
We are offering one of Zenon Slawinski's 5 Dessert Rounds for free. Click to download the free PDF for Dessert Round #2, Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.
Duos, by Elizabeth Vercoe
Original Compositions for 2 Flutes, $0.00 (free!)
Elizabeth Vercoe's Duos for two flutes are available as free downloads from the composer's own website at http://www.elizabethvercoe.com/. Dr. Vercoe kindly offered to allow Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC to make these duets available from our website as well. The Duos are "fun and quite easy. They are suitable for intermediate students."
Photo of Elizabeth Vercoe courtesy of Caroline Alden.
Just click on the links below to download the Duos at no charge:
Duo 1 for 2 flutes
Duo 2 for 2 flutes
Trois Duos Concertants Brillants et Faciles pour Deux Flutes, by Eugène Walckiers
Gassett Collection - New Editions by Noteworthy Sheet Music, with a Foreword by Peter H. Bloom
2me Livre de Duos pour 2 Flutes, Opus 11
Duo 1: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Score PDF $10.50
Duo 2: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Score PDF $15.00
Duo 3: Flute 1 Part, Flute 2 Part, and Score PDF $16.50
Eugène Walckiers studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire with Anton Reicha and became a masterful, inventive, and prolific composer and arranger of 19th century chamber music. Both his original compositions and his arrangements are deeply significant in their expression of a particular, highly developed aesthetic approach. Walckiers' 2me Livre de Duos pour 2 Flutes, Opus 11, was dedicated to his friend Théodore Baltazaro and comprises three duets of three movements each. NSM has re-notated all of the Opus 11 duets using a modern music composition software program. Click to preview p1 of the score for Duo 1, Duo 2, or Duo 3.
A review written by Katherine Borst Jones was published in the September, 2013 issue Flute Talk magazine. "The publication contains extensive notes and material on the composer. The second duet is great material for sightreading as well as studying the 19th century style of composition. Printed as flute 1 and flute 2, separately, the copy is clear and easy to read." Click to read the full review.
Duo 1: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Score, 14 pages; Flute 1 part, 9 pages; Flute 2 part, 9 pages; Total, 37 pages. $10.50
Duo 2: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Score, 20 pages; Flute 1 part, 11 pages; Flute 2 part, 11 pages; Total, 47 pages. $15.00
Duo 3: Fl 1 & Fl 2 Score, 25 pages; Flute 1 part, 11 pages; Flute 2 part, 11 pages; Total, 54 pages. $16.50
For those who would prefer to purchase a professionally-printed hard copy of this piece, rather than the PDF download, our print edition of Duo 3 from the 2nd Book of Duos for Two Flutes, Op.11 by Eugène Walckiers is available from Amazon, under Books (sheet music). Click to view the listing of the NSM print edition on Amazon.com. Or, order a print edition directly from NSM for $28.05 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Please 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.