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Flute Orchestral Excerpts Volume 1 (arranged for Flute Quartet)

Arranged by Marko Zupan


  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Really good material for learning those big solos!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
These are two really interesting books of orchestral studies excellently transcribed for four flutes. All the big solos are here and although some of the extracts are short, in most cases they cover exactly the bars that might be set for a first flute audition. Flutes 2, 3 and 4 are arranged to cover the accompaniments and to put the solo into an orchestral context. For example, ‘Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben’ from Bach’s St Matthew Passion from Book 1 has simply the opening phrase accompanied by an arrangement of the oboe da caccia accompaniment. This very graphically illustrates just how this beautiful solo works, and will transform a student’s view of it much more effectively than just looking at the score. This aria also appears in a longer version in Book 2 where the first flute takes the vocal line leaving the solo to the second flute – another way of all players really getting inside the music. Arias from Mozart’s Magic Flute are also treated in this way. The enigmatic extract from Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is brought to life by both playing the complex string writing underneath the solo and hearing how that affects performance. These books are a really exciting way to bring these taxing solos to life and if the quartet is good, everyone can have a go!

Our Description

taken from the Preface:

'Dear Flutists! We are all familiar with the fact that playing in a group with other musicians influences the way we interpret our own part. Since the orchestral flute "solos" are mostly just the leading melody in the given piece of music, it is necessary to study and above all, experience them within the whole musical context. Rhythm, harmony, intonation (in relation with harmony), colour, the breathing process etc, they all reveal themselves with the praxis. The "solo" suddenly becomes music! Naturally, the opportunity to practice with an actual orchestra is rare and that is where these arrangements for a flute quartet will come in handy. I find playing the parts of other instruments particularly interesting, since it develops the colour pallet and enhances the overall expressiveness of the player. I hope this approach to music will inspire and enrich your future playing in the orchestra!

Marko Zupan'

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


  • Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben from St Matthew's Passion by JS Bach
  • Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton from The Magic Flute by WA Mozart
  • Alles fuhlt der Liebe Freuden from The Magic Flute by WA Mozart
  • Marsch from The Magic Flute by WA Mozart
  • Sinfonie Nr. 3 'Eroica' (4th movement) by Beethoven
  • Leonore Overture Nr. 3 Op 72b (Beethoven)
  • Scherzo from 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' by Mendelssohn
  • William Tell Overture by Rossini
  • Entr'acte from 'Carmen' act III by Bizet

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four C Flutes
Publisher: Edition Svitzer
Part of the Edition Svitzer Flute Orchestral Excerpts series
Our Stock Code: 1347784
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts