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Bel Canto Flute: The Rampal School

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“An Interesting Look at Rampal's Methods”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This book sets out the teaching methods developed by Rampal (and Alain Marion) and attempts to explain his philosophies. Each section is illustrated by musical examples and includes performance guides. For example, the section entitled Mostly Scales uses studies by Andersen, Soussmann, Boehm and the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. There are sections focusing on all the usual techniques as well as slow movements, gestures, and playing Bach in 3/4 time. There is nothing earth-shatteringly new here but it is very interesting to read and uses familiar material in different surroundings. Ms Cohen is passionate about her subject and this is infectious!

From the Publisher

Bel Canto Flute offers an inspiring and artistic application of the teachings of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion to daily studies, etudes, and traditional repertoire. In twelve chapters, Sheryl Cohen explores the Rampal School's poetic approach to expressive phrasing as a foundation to develop musical artistry, creative practice methods, breath control, tone, articulation, and technique, all while searching to free the artist within. This bold 220-plus page work includes 34 etudes and 33 solo movements: J.S. Bach's Partita, Sonata in E Minor, C.P.E. Bach's Sonata in A Minor for flute alone, Telemann Fantasias No. 2 and 10, along with movements from works by Blavet, Mozart, Handel, plus daily studies of Boehm, Anderson, Koehler, Altes, and more.

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


  1. The Rampal School
  2. Patterns and Gestures
  3. Slow Movements
  4. Mostly Scales
  5. Mostly Arpgeggios
  6. Scales and Arpeggios
  7. Music in 3/8 and 6/8 Time
  8. Bach in 3/4 Time
  9. Bach's Allemande
  10. Triplets and Turnarounds
  11. Large Intervals
  12. Beginning Now!

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Winzer Press
Our Stock Code: 961417
Media Type: Paperback

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