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Fantaisie for Flute and Piano

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £20 a year.

This is a new edition of Gaubert's famous Fantaisie, edited by Bruno Jouard. Written in 1912, this piece was used as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire in 1920 and 1932, and draws influence from Debussy, Ravel and Fauré. An opening slow movement explores freedom and romanticisn, while the fast section that follows requires accurate rhythmic playing and strong technical control.

In this new edition, errors have been corrected, and Jouard provides some detailed and well-considered notes on interpretation. He suggests approaching the opening like an improvisation, while maintaining even technical passages in the Vif.

The score is clearly presented on good quality paper, with page turns organised carefully in the flute part. The bright yellow cover brings some sunshine into the practice room, and gives a refreshing new approach to this popular classic of the repertoire.

Carla Rees

Performance duration (approx): 7'

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Salabert
Publisher's reference: SLB 20432
Our Stock Code: 991414
Media Type: Paperback (13 pages [score])