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Concertante 'Dragon Court' for Flute Ensemble

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Classic Katherine Hoover!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

If you are an ambitious flute ensemble this would be an excellent piece to try. Classic Katherine Hoover in style, she wrote so well for her instrument that everything in this challenging piece works.This makes it ideal for an advanced group which is interested in something different but using conventional notation. The opening movement is underpinned by a syncopated rhythm which allows the soloists to whizz over the top.  Slow, atmospheric harmonies colour the Andante. This gradually builds to a climax which is quite chilling, bringing to mind music from a suspense thriller! The final movement has all the hallmarks of the jazz-age but with an interesting harmonic twist. Hoover uses all the instruments skillfully to make the textures varied. The solo writing is carefully integrated into the whole in true concertante fashion, sparing use of the piccolo increases its impact and the bass writing is great! If nothing else this work would certainly be a talking point in the concert interval!

From the Publisher

This Concertante is in 3 movements and features a different number of soloists in each. The first movement is rather syncopated, with numerous voices moving at a lively clip. The second has a low melody which moves against soft opposing triads, while the last features a repeating pattern of seven with playful riffs answering back and forth above it.

Performance duration (approx): 15'00"

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Freely

Item Details


  • Part 1: Solo Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Solo Flute
  • Part 3: Solo Flute
  • Part 4: Solo Alto Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Flute
  • Part 8: Flute
  • Part 9: Alto Flute
  • Part 10: Bass Flute
  • Part 11 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Music for Flute Choir with Soloist(s)
Publisher: Papagena Press
Publisher's reference: PP178
Our Stock Code: 1010077
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (34 pages [score])