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La Tourterelle (The Wren) Fantaisie and Polka for Three Mixed Flutes

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“A gem!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is another great arrangement by Mel Orriss which captures the spirit and virtuosity of Damare's original.  It's really clever, spacing the tune out between the two C flutes who dovetail all the way through the opening and closing sections, ably supported by the alto flute line. The trio is all about the piccolo. You will need three good players for this with first flute doubling the piccolo, a second flute who also needs good finger agility and the ability to hold a tune in the trio, and an alto player with plenty of stamina! As this is a fantasie with a bird at it's heart it can go a fast as you like - what a gem this arrangement is!

From the Publisher

Eugene Damaré (1840-1919) was an accomplished flautist, and pieces for flute and piccolo feature heavily amongst his 400+ works. La Tourterelle (The Wren) was originally written as a piccolo showpiece, and exists in several versions accompanied by piano or bands of different sorts. Set here for a trio of mixed flutes, the piccolo makes its appearance half way through the piece and saves its high flying acrobatics for the final sections - (a little kinder on the ears), but the bubbling song of the wren can be heard throughout, contrasting with some more robust passges lead by the alto flute. A great showpiece for advanced trio.

Our Description

Finalist: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2022

Performance duration (approx): 4'44

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: D014
Our Stock Code: 1500479
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (14 pages [score])