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Alborada & Son


  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Unusual music for 5 flutes”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

There is absolutely no mistaking the nationality of Paquito D'Rivera - these two pieces just sound so Cuban! The languid but short Alborado opens with a beautiful flute solo before gradually drawing in the other instruments. Son is much more upbeat with changing metre and cross rhythms creating an energetic dance. There are some Ds in the 4th octave for the first flute to contend with which adds spice to the writing and generally this will provide a rewarding challenge for 5 advanced players.

Our Description

These two movements from the Aires Tropicales provide a unique addition to the repertoire for flute ensembles. The Alborada is a short introduction to the extended Son movement with its Latin melodies and syncopated bass line.

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Quintet Music
Publisher: International Opus
Publisher's reference: FL0140
Our Stock Code: 974967
Media Type: Paperback