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Canyon Shadows for Flute, Native American Flute and Percussion

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“A wonderfully atmosoheric work.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This substantial work by Katherine Hoover sees her at her atmospheric best. The melody instruments weave around each other seamlessly with strange harmonies and meandering melodies, with the percussion adding exactly the right enhancing texture. Three slower movements are interspersed with two more active ones, each one painting a picture of native American life in all its rich tapestry. Originally written for flute, native American flute and a variety of percussion, and despite her protestations that it should only be played like this, the good news is that it also works on two flutes and a more limited range of percussion. Of course it won't be authentic but it does mean that everyone can have access to this wonderful music. Try it - you won't be disappointed!

From the Publisher

Inspired in large part by the Grand Canyon of the American Southwest, Hoover envisioned an ancient time when natives first came across this geological wonder. For this vision, she sought to combine a Native flute with the modern silver flute, native music with “western” music, and bringing forth natural sounds through music notation. From Hoover's notes: “In my mind's eye I saw a band of native ancestors searching for a home, finding a canyon and moving in. In the third movement their calls echo across the canyon. There is a celebration, and the piece ends with dusk settling in, with chirps and murmurs, bats, and memories.


Performance duration (approx): 17'

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


  1. Searching - 3:08'
  2. Moving In - 2:54'
  3. Echo - 2:21'
  4. Celebration - 3:54'
  5. Dusk - 2:46'


  • Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Husks
  • Tar drum (frame drum) with wire brush
  • Rattle
  • Sleigh bells

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Native American Flute
  • Part 3: Percussion
Category: Music for Flute and Other Percussion
Publisher: Papagena Press
Publisher's reference: PP518
Our Stock Code: 1468670
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (21 pages [score])