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Elegy for Tu Fu for Bass Flute and Piano


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“Start right here!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

If you would like to sound contemporary and impressive on the bass you should start right here! This lovely piece by David Bennett Thomas is a wonderful combination of the atmospheric and the easily approachable. The flute part is relatively low, the rhythms straightforward and the accompanist will have great fun playing inside the piano. This is simply a little gem!

From the Publisher

Elegy for Tu Fu is an adagio movement for bass flute and piano that explores some of the many colours and moods that can be drawn from the two instruments. Throughout this piece the pianist plays inside the instrument, taking the notes of the bass flute melody and echoing them, plucking them, strumming them, and playing them on muted strings. In a sense, the piece is a monody for bass flute, because the pianist never plays any notes not stolen from the bass flute melody.

The piece is dedicated to the great Chinese poet Tu Fu from the 8th Century, whose poems still sound modern today. Tu Fu's poems often evoke night scenes as suggested in this music.

Performance duration (approx): 4'00

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Bass Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Bass Flute Music
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: 4220/5
Our Stock Code: 1342413
Media Type: Paperback (2 pages [score])