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Four Flourishes for Four Flutes

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“Ideal for school concerts”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Each of the four short pieces is completely different in nature but they are linked by a similar underlying harmonic language. This is really useful as it allows each one to stand alone if necessary. The parts avoid the higher reaches of the flute leaving the alto to add the extra colour, best shown in the lovely Intermezzo. The Wicked Waltz and the Tarantella are much more of an exciting technical and rhythmic challenge, and the opening Moto perpetuo is underpinned by passing continuous quavers around all four flutes. These are great pieces for a more advanced quartet and ideal for school concerts.

From the Publisher

Four Flourishes for Four Flutes is a quartet for three concert flutes and alto flute consisting of four short pieces and with a total performance duration of a little under eight minutes. The highly enjoyable and accessible pieces are contrasted in mood and style opening with a rhythmic and dynamic Moto Perpetuo. The second piece is titled Wicked Waltz, the outer sections in a minor mode and with a humorous, music-box-styled middle section. The Intermezzo is lyrical with a cantabile, double-octave melody in flute and alto flute and with gently lilting accompaniments on middle instruments. The finale is a lively Tarantella where the melody quickly shifts between all four flutes. Of intermediate standard, the pieces, either performed together or separately, make for ideal concert repertoire in schools and colleges or simply playing for fun with four, flute-family friends!

Performance duration (approx): 7'

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


  1. Moto Perpetuo
  2. Wicked Waltz
  3. Intermezzo
  4. Tarantella

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Forton Music
Publisher's reference: FM1192
Our Stock Code: 1670097
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (9 pages [score])