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From the Publisher

Cantus is a free melody based on a scale comprising intervals derived from the first, third, seventh, eleventh and thirteenth tones of the harmonic series. It may be performed as a solo or with accompanying drones.

"Cantus” has a number of meanings in music terminology: the primary meaning I have in mind here is the simplest one, of a melody. There are a number of variants, but the one that comes closest to what I have in mind in this piece is Cantus simplex planus, which Grove defines as “a simple melody using notes of indefinite value, as in Gregorian chant.” There is something chant- or prayer-like about this melody, though as I am a confimed atheist, I can’t say to whom the prayer might be directed. PN

Performance duration (approx): 9'00
Difficulty guide: 8-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Alto Flute
Category: Unaccompanied Alto Flute Music
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: TTYS141712/1
Our Stock Code: 1362077
Media Type: Paperback