Flute Fugue No. 3
Composed by David H. Bailey
For Flute Choir
Published by Falls House Press
Includes score and parts
Eb Flute (or C Flute)
Alto Flute (in G)
Features two rarely heard flutes: the Eb flute and the contrabass flute!
Each instrument should be introduced with a short explanation. The order of this introduction isn't important, but it might help to begin with the two most commonly heard members, the C flute and Piccolo. Special attention should be brought to the lower members, since many in the audience won't have seen or heard them before.
As each instrument is introduced, it should play the theme, from its first entrance to the long G in the 5th measure of the theme.
Once each instrument has been introduced, the structure of a fugue should be explained, so that people will be able to listen and follow the various entrances as well as the developing complexity of the music. The entrances in this fugue are at opposite extremes, with the lowest entering, then the highest, then the second lowest, followed by the second highest, and so on. The contrabass gets another chance to be heard by itself at the end of the fugue, to reinforce its sound in the ears of the audience.