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Fantasia on Red River Valley

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“A gem!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]
There are several versions of Red River Valley. Some are very upbeat but this reflective take on the storyline is very moving. Sandwiched between the tune on the bass flute accompanied by the sound of the wind from the other flutes, the melody then meanders through the parts, a fragment here and there. It is quite elusive but very effective. Worth the investment!

From the Publisher

While the tune "Red River Valley" itself is known by several different titles and there are a number of versions of the lyrics, it is certainly one of the most beautiful American folk songs. The lyrics Kelly Via has chosen to work with in this Fantasia on Red River Valley are perhaps the most poignant, the text of each verse inspiring the musical setting. The bass and alto flutes at the beginning and end of the piece represent the heartbroken cowboy as he learns that his love is leaving, while the sound of the wind adds to his feelings of loneliness and despair. By the fourth verse, his pain and frustration gives way to a gentle remembrance of the love they once shared.

Performance duration (approx): 7'00

Difficulty guide: 5-6
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Alto Flute
  • Part 7: Alto Flute
  • Part 8: Bass Flute
  • Part 9 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 8 Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Nourse Wind Publications
Publisher's reference: FC724NW
Our Stock Code: 1326970
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts

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