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Esprit Français [Flute and Piano]

Arranged by Hywel Davies
  • Interesting, worth a look
  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Unusual repertoire”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
This is a lovely book of French music skilfully arranged by Hywel Davies. Well-known gems such as the Libera Me from Faure's Requiem and the main theme from Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens sit next to less familiar pieces by Florence Schmitt and Guy Ropartz. Add in Poulenc, Debussy and Ibert and you have a real tour round the styles of French music in the 20th century. You even get an arrangement of a song made famous by Edith Piaf! Some of the pieces are really quirky and there's somthing for everyone. It's quite expensive but really worth the investment.

Our Description

Music that is incontrovertibly 'French'. Immediately recognisable but at the same time impossible to define. This volume contains a selection of some of the best of this music.

Intended to intermediate-level players, these arrangements give performers an opportunity to get to know the essence of French style, at once delicate and invigorating, through the colours and perfumes of the music of Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Milhaud and Offenbach.

Difficulty guide: 4-5
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Sauget Le Chemins des Forains (as sung by Edith Piaf)
  • Fauré Libera Me (Requiem)
  • Schmitt, F Le Cheval de Ferme-L'Oeil (Une semaine du petit elfe Ferme-l'Oeil)
  • Saint-Saens Danse Macabre
  • Ibert Parade (Divertissement)
  • Milhaud Valse (Les Songes)
  • Poulenc Bransle de Bourgogne (Suite francias d'apre Claude Gervaise)
  • Debussy Ballet  (Petite Suite)
  • Poulenc Rustique (Villageoises)
  • Ropartz Marine (Prelude, Marine and Chanson)
  • Fauré Berceuse (Dolly Suite)
  • Offenbach Barcoralle ((Tales of Hoffman)

Item Details

Category: Accompanied Classical Flute Albums
Publisher: Durand Editions Musicales
Publisher's reference: DF01598800
Our Stock Code: 1312690
Media Type: Paperback