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Clowning Around


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“A good piece!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
This is a very useful piece from the American composer Katherine Hoover, who is rapidly expanding her portfolio of original works for flute. Clowing Around is very-well crafted and can be played by 4 or many flutes as it was at the NFA convention in 2011. On that occasion it was choreographed, adding a further dimension to the performance. The percussion part is basic but played well can add a real rhythmic drive to the fluid part writing. There is saftey in numbers here, with flutes 1 and 2 playing off against flutes 3 and 4 and the swing style is reflected in both the harmony and the melody. There's nothing too high either with the result that it's all very playable and very enjoyable.

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Composer's Notes

This piece was written for Make Music New York, which took place in Central Park in June, 2011. It was also done at the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of the same year by a large group of atendees, with movement choreographed by Zara Lawler. The piece can be performed by 4 flutists, or by any larger group.

The alte flute and percussion parts are optional. The alto part was added by request; it simply double lower lines. Percussionists have generally used some sort of suspended bell.

Difficulty guide: 4-7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5 (Optional): Alto Flute
  • Part 6 (Optional): Percussion
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four C Flutes
Publisher: Papagena Press
Publisher's reference: PA187
Our Stock Code: 1315189
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts