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Cloudscape for Flute Choir

  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick


Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a piece that will attract larger flute ensembles with a sense of adventure! Cloudscape ideally needs 12 players and a decent performance space to completely capture the evocative textures that the writing demands, although it will work anywhere!  The parts simply weave around each other at various times with clusters of notes that are strangely pleasing. There are only 2 moments of change throughout the five minute duration so sustaining the long notes requires a fair amount of concentration. It's well worth the effort though, and this piece would make a very welcome contrast amongst more mainstream repertoire in a concert. Be brave and have a go!

From the Publisher

Cloudscape was commissioned by Sheffield Flute Choir for the Classical Sheffield Weekend. I am fascinated by the sound of the flute choir which can be equally sweet and brash, and is reminiscent of the flute sound on a fairground organ. In composing the piece, I chose to celebrate the sameness rather than trying to find differences between the instruments, and to treat the choir as one big instrument.

To achieve the effect of masking and clearing clouds, the flute choir is divided into three groups with four different parts in each. Each group has its own unique set of pitches which are often combined to create blocks of sustained chords that fade in and out. I wanted to capture the feeling of a drifting and evolving cloudscape.

Performance duration (approx): 5'00

Difficulty guide: 6-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Flute
  • Part 8: Flute
  • Part 9: Flute
  • Part 10: Flute
  • Part 11: Flute
  • Part 12: Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 9+ Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: TTYS101311/1
Our Stock Code: 1466751
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts