Excerpt Duos – Orchestral Excerpts With Flute Accompaniment by Mark Sparks
Instrumentation: 2 – 4 flutes
Score form – 1 copy
Most flutists will undertake the study of orchestral excerpts at some point. Mastery of the fundamentals is crucial, and knowledge of the accompaniment is necessary for a full unterstanding of the music, yet study of excerpts with accompaniment can be elusive. Rehearsal and performance with orchestra, study and practice with piano reduction, and “music-minus-one” media are often unavailable. Additionally, many teachers endeavor to efficiently explain or demonstrate aspects of the accompaniment during the lesson. This volume presents the excerpts in flute accompaniment format as a handy learning and preparation tool. Teachers can efficiently illustrate a useful sketch of the accompaniment, and students may easily study enhanced aspects of the excerpts while learning and enjoying this essential repertoire together.
Effort has been made to adhere to highly reputable sources in the creation of these arrangements. That said, these are true arrangements; composites intended to give students, teachers, and listeners immediate access to the essentials of the excerpts with accompaniment. Editorial suggestons have been avoided. The second flute line bears the primary weight of the orchestral accompaniment, providing a playable sketch of the harmony and accompaniment style while attempting to maintain the voice-leading in the orchestra parts. The first flute is the soloist, whomay fill out the texture during the tutti passages. These portions appear in brackets. Harmonically complex excerpts are arranged for flute trio or quartet, as well as the duo setting. The inclusion of additional voices offers significant enrichment and information concerning the context of the excerpt. — Mark Sparks, 2021