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Aquarius for flute trio or ensemble


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Staff Pick


Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

This is a demanding trio both technically and, more especially, musically. At the Glow of Dawn is elusive in character with each flute having its own version of the melody. The harmony is also unfamiliar, creating quite a dark picture. Ocean Blue is more spritely in nature with cross rhythms bounced around the parts and some changing time signatures, but is still rather veiled. Not everyone will embrace this style of writing but it's certainly different!

From the Publisher

AQUARIUS (2013) for three flutes (An alto flute part is included as an alternative to the third flute)  by Howard J. Buss showcases both the agility and the beautiful, sonorous tone of instruments. It was written during the spring of 2013 and is the second in a series of works by the composer inspired by aspects of the signs of the Zodiac. The two movements are At the Glow of Dawn (3’5”) and Ocean Blue (3’50”). Aquarius explores a variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes this trio an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece. 

Performance duration (approx): 7 minutes

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


  1. At the Glow fo Dawn
  2. Ocean Blue

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute or Alto Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three C Flutes
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Publisher's reference: B440F
Our Stock Code: 1417616
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (11 pages [score])