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Aztec Dances (2010)


  • Interesting, worth a look

Staff Pick

“Something different”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
If you really want to get your teeth into something different, perhaps this challenging set of dances will fit the bill. There are a lot of notes here and a rhythmic complexity which will take some performing. Improvisation and drama characterise the Ritual/Pastorale, and the Fertility Dance has a great forward impetus. Ghost Song is full of effects for both instruments and the Sacrificial Dance gains momentum right to the end. If you are a fan of Wissam Boustany you'll love this!

From the Publisher

Originally for recorder and piano, this flute version was premiered by Wissam Boustany.

Inspiration for the piece was taken from an Aztec exhibition at the British Museum:

"Part of the exhibition explored the role that music and dance played in Aztec life. The primitive recorder together with trumpets and drums were used as an important part of the formal ritual ceremonies (including, rather gruesomely, human sacrifice) that took place to appease the many Gods which the Aztecs worshipped, as well as for other, more informal occasions in thier social and cultural life."

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


  • Ritual/Pastoraale
  • Fertility Dance
  • Ghost Dance/Song
  • Sacrificial Dance

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Contemporary Flute and Piano (c1980 onwards)
Publisher: Novello
Publisher's reference: NOV121605
Our Stock Code: 1324624
Media Type: Paperback