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Fairy Revels for Solo Piccolo and Flute Ensemble

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Music to make you smile!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

There is a real feel of the old-fashioned British military style in this piece and the piccolo part will certainly need an army-like practice discipline to learn all these notes! The first and second flutes have some interest too but the rest of the group have purely supporting roles -  essentially this is an opportunity for the piccolo player to strut their stuff.  Ideal if you have a star in your midst! With it's stunning virtuoso solo and oom-pah accompaniment it will really make you smile. Now that's really something!

From the Publisher

John Jesse White (1833-1916) was a violinist, organist and composer.

It is not clear when this piece was composed. After a martial opening, the soloist trills and skips along over the main melody in the accompanying ensemble, decorating the tune with fleeting scales and arpeggio patterns. There are several virtuosic passages for the solo piccolo before the opening martial theme ushers in a more melodic section, this time led by the piccolo soloist. On the reprise of this theme, the first flute joins to make it a duet. After this the martial feel of the opening returns, this time developed into a full blown march with a canonic duet between the two highest flute parts. The piccolo then joins then with a series of rapid chromatic scales. The music then returns to the earlier sections, before leading into a coda featuring a series of flourishing arpeggios leading right up to a high B flat.

Performance duration (approx): 4'30''

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Solo Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Alto Flute
  • Part 7: Bass Flute
  • Part 8 (Optional): Contr'alto Flute
  • Part 9 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
  • Part 10 (Optional): Sub-Contrabass Flute in G
  • Part 11 (Optional): Double Contrabass Flute in C
Category: Music for Flute Choir with Soloist(s)
Publisher: Forton Music
Publisher's reference: FM811
Our Stock Code: 1459425
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (13 pages [score])