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Dance of the Dryads from Symphony No. 3, "Im Walde", Op.153


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“This is just great!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

This is just great - an unfamilar piece in a familiar style arranged with skill and enthusiasm by Matt Johnston. As he says, this is very like Mendelssohn's Scherzo and double tonguing would really help to bring this piece to life. Maybe it's also his bassoon training that  ensures the rhythmic drive comes from the alto and bass flutes! The ensemble itself is not difficult to put together as the parts are straightforward to read and there is plenty of rhythmic unison to help. It needs to go fast though - then this really raises the roof!

From the Publisher

Swiss composer Joachim Raff was born in Lachen in 1822, and during the course of his life he composed more than 200 works, including 11 symphonies. A romantic composer, he was strongly influenced by nature, thus leading to the title for his Symphony No. 3, 'Im Walde' (In the forest). The third movement of this symphony, the Dance of the Dryads, is a quick scherzo, almost reminiscent of the Scherzo of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. Consisting of three main sections, following the introduction, the main theme is a quick passage of scales and arpeggios in D minor, perfect for practicing double tonguing! The middle section, modulating to A major, is a slightly slower and more lyrical. After a quick recap of the first D minor section, another lyrical passage in D major makes a quick appearance, before once again returning to the opening material and coming to a quiet ending.

Difficulty guide: 6-8
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: Alto Flute
  • Part 6: Alto Flute
  • Part 7: Bass Flute
  • Part 8: Contrabass Flute or Bass Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 8 Mixed Flutes
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: FC421
Our Stock Code: 1422658
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (20 pages [score])