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Blue Train/Marine City/Papillon for Flute Orchestra [Score only]

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Definitely worth the investment!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This book is worth buying for Blue Train alone. A wonderful piece of programme music, the night train of the title is captured from the very opening whistle. The journey starts with chugging quavers and it's possible to pick out the bells, whizzes and rattles that characterise an old fashioned steam engine so clearly.  Marine City is much more atmospheric and uses soundscapes to take to an elusive oceanic place. There is a more contemporary style of writing used in Papillon to capture the capricious nature of the butterfly, and here there are some free passages allowing the players to create something for themselves. This is an adventurous book which will appeal to the adventurous amongst us. That's almost everyone!

From the Publisher

Ryohei Hirose's flute orchestra trilogy consisting of the classic song "Blue Train", which is still widely loved 40 years after composition, and "Marine City" and "Papillon". He has been involved in three works since the premiere, and has corrected errors in the score after being edited by Aoki Aoki and Hiroshi Hari of the Tokyo Flute Ensemble Academy, who were also composers' allies. This edition is the first publication of the third work Papillon.

Our Description

Three fantastic pieces for flute choir: the classic Blue Train, Marine City and newly published Papillon.

Score only: the parts are available to download as PDFs (for sale separately) from the publisher's website, allowing you to pick and choose which parts you require. We recommend using Google Chrome to download these, which has a built-in translator, since the website is in Japanese.

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


  1. Blue Train
    Piccolo, 2 Flutes, alto flute, bass flute, optional contrabass flute
  2. Marine City
    3 flutes, alto flute, bass flute
  3. Papillon
    4 flutes, or piccolo/flute/alto flute/bass flute

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Alto Flute
  • Part 5: Bass Flute
  • Part 6 (Optional): Bass Flute
  • Part 7 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 7 Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Ongaku No Tomo Edition
Our Stock Code: 1468540
Media Type: Paperback - Score only (29 pages [score])