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Ancient Rites for Three Flutes, Op. 316

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick


Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

It's quite unusual to find flute trio music that makes use of piccolo, flute, alto and bass together so this suite is really interesting. The music is appealing and and the doubling is sensible, making performances manageable for those not so used to changing instruments. Each part has an fully independant line which also tests ensemble skills so this is really a complete educational package. It's also a treat for the audience!

From the Publisher

Ancient Rites is a suite of five short movements for three players using five flutes: piccolo, 2 C flutes, alto flute and bass flute. The music is full of memorable melodies and charming harmonic piquancy, picturing ceremonies from the deep past of Britain’s heritage in a beguiling and evocative way. All the instruments are used characteristically and this piece is a great way to introduce audiences to the colourful possibilities of the flute ensemble, and terrific fun to play!

Performance duration (approx): 11'18

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


  1. Procession
  2. Lake Offering
  3. The Well Dressers' Round
  4. Through the Tolmen
  5. Beltane

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute or Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute or Alto Flute
  • Part 3: Bass Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: W008
Our Stock Code: 1508871
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (20 pages [score])