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Danse Nègre from African Suite for Flute Choir

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  • Staff Pick

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“Uplifting music from Croydon!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

The opening of this sparkling work is instantly engaging with it's swirling run-up and rhythmic energy. Sped along by a driving bass, articulated semiquaver passages and a catchy melody, this excellent arrangement holds the ensemble together well. The 'dolce' section brings welcome calm before the music picks up pace again to the end. This is uplifting both to play and to listen to which is just what you would expect from a native of Croydon!

From the Publisher

Danse Nègre, from the African Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, arranged for flute choir by Paige Dashner Long. Coleridge spent his childhood in Croydon, Surrey, England, where he studied violin with his grandfather and also sang in the church choir. At 15, he was accepted to the Royal College of Music, where during his second year, he changed his major from violin to composition. At the age of 20, he met the African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, who encouraged him to focus on his African heritage. As a result, Coleridge composed his African Suite for piano in 1898, each of the four movements depicting different African experiences.

Performance duration (approx): 8'

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo doubling on Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Alto Flute
  • Part 8: Bass Flute
  • Part 9 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 9+ Mixed Flutes
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: FC533
Our Stock Code: 1497168
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (16 pages [score])

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