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Flames Must Not Encircle Sides (1980)


  • Highly recommended

From the Publisher

Flames Must Not Encircle Sides (1980) is a solo piece that spectacularly combines multiphonics and circular breathing. In a setting of continuous multiple trills, the flutist creates illusions as to how many players there are, and where “they” are in the room. This piece was the only American composition on the repertoire list for the 1990 Munich International Competition.  Robert has been bringing the house down for decades with Flames Must Not Encircle Sides, and you can too!

Performance duration (approx): 9'00

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Solo Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Multiple Breath Music
Our Stock Code: 971706
Media Type: Paperback (9 pages [score])