Composer
BRITTEN
Title
Simple Symphony Op4
Instrumentation
piccolo, 2 flutes, alto flute, bass flute
Arranger
Robert Rainford
Publisher
Forton Music
Grade
3
Product Code
10F3800FM150
flute choir: piccolo, 2 flutes, alto flute, bass flute parts and score Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

This is the first appearance of the whole work as a flute choir arrangement. In four movements, Boisterous Bouree, Playful Pizzicato, Sentimental Sarabande and Frolicsome Finale. Written in an accessible style, with modern twists to the timing and harmonies, this pieces is a fantastic addition to the flute ensemble repertoire. The first movement alternates between a running contrapuntal theme, and a more lyrical/harmonic second subject. Alternating between D minor and D major and reaching a thrilling climax before disappearing into nothing. The second movement is even faster (Presto possible), with neat fingering and tonguing required for the arpeggiated theme. The third movement is slow and seriuos, and is in G minor. A lovely mournful lyrical theme soars over modern sounding chords and harmonies. the finale is again fast (Prestissimo con fuoco), and requires some extremely fast tonguing in all parts (easier ossias are included). A fantastic opportunity for flautists to try something new!

Arranged for Piccolo, 2 C Flutes, Alto Flute and Bass Flute by Robert Rainford.

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