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Cinq Bagatelles for Four Mixed Flutes

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“Serious music!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This quartet takes some playing!  The scope of the whole piece is substantial, dexterity and flexible doubling skills are needed by all players and the style is somewhat elusive. The opening Incantation is meditative and chant-like with sporadic flashes of light. The following L'Hesitante is more conventional in style with cascades of notes and some unison in the rhythm and this is followed by Musique de nuit which is full of dark colours. Both the Intermezzo and the closing Scherzo will text techincal and ensemble skills again. The contrabass flute could be replaced by another ordinary bass and the resulting loss of depth would be worth it to place the quartet within the range of more advanced groups. Serious music for serious players!

From the Publisher

The Cinq Bagatelles for four flutes, composed in 1980, take up where Castérède left off nearly 20 years earlier with his Flûtes en vacances. The composer requires a whole assortment of instruments, varying from movement to movement and included everything from piccolo to contrabass. Stylistically, these Bagatelles range from the strangely archaic sounds of the opening movement to the frilly neo-Classicism of the closing Scherzo.

In five movements: Incantation, L'hésitante, Musique de nuit, Intermezzo, Scherzo


  • Player 1: C Flute, Piccolo
  • Player 2: Alto Flute, C Flute, Piccolo
  • Player 3: Bass Flute, C Flute, Alto Flute
  • Player 4, Contrabass Flute, Alto Flute

Performance duration (approx): 17'

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


  • Incantation
  • L'hésitante
  • Musique de nuit
  • Intermezzo, Scherzo

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Alto Flute doubling on Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 3: Bass Flute doubling on Flute doubling on Alto Flute
  • Part 4: Contrabass Flute doubling on Alto Flute
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four Mixed Flutes
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: FQ91
Our Stock Code: 1497106
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (26 pages [score])

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