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Around the World in 20 Flute Duets [Playing score]


  • Award-winning product
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Prepare to be surprised!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

If the title of this book conjures up a vision of yet another predictable volume of folk tunes from around the world,  prepare to be surprised. For a start, the music of Azerbaijan and DR Congo don't tend to feature elsewhere. Secondly, the folk tune element, such as it is, remains authentic. Thirdly some of the numbers are pastiches. This results in a fascinating collection of duets! For example, Great Britain uses the rhythm of Rule Brittania to weave together fragments of the tune into a completely new setting. Ireland's slip jig is in a minor key and in 9/8 rather than 6/8, and Bulgaria uses the authentic Rachineca 7/8 rhythm.  Other interesting features are the key clicks in USA and the cadenza passages in Hungary. My own favourite is Brazil which has some strange dissonances in an off-centred samba! The parts are equal, and the mixture of unfamiliar styles and some tricky technical and rhythmic writing means that the standard covered is wide.There is plenty of material to justify the price tag, especially as extra pages have been included to facilitate page turns. Alfie Pugh has come up trumps here, Wonderful Winds is a hallmark of quality, and this book is an adventure. You can't go wrong!

From the Publisher

This delightful musical tour of 20 countries offers a wide variety of styles, in the form of fun and challenging duets of varying difficulty. Each piece imitates the music of local traditional styles, with some more caricature than true pastiche. Egypt, for example, is written in the style often used by western films and video games to suggest desert landscapes. Other countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria, are written as more faithful representations of traditional folk music and dances. These duets make great little concert pieces, and would also work well for GCSE and A level ensemble performances.

Our Description

Finalist, NFA 2018 Newly Published Music, Flute Duets and Trios Category

Difficulty guide: 5-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. China
  2. Egypt
  3. Trinidad and Tabago
  4. Norway
  5. Switzerland
  6. Brazil
  7. Argentina
  8. Czechia
  9. Russia
  10. Ireland
  11. Great Britain
  12. U.S.A.
  13. Spain
  14. Italy
  15. Mexico
  16. Azerbaijan
  17. Cuba
  18. Hungary
  19. D.R. Congo
  20. Bulgaria

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
Category: Flute Duet Books
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: DP001b
Our Stock Code: 1414479
Media Type: Paperback - Playing score (52 pages [score])