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Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo for Three Flutes

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

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 trio arrangement of Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo is aimed at intermediate players of around Grades 4-6. This version is for 3 C flutes, but there is also a version for two flutes and alto available.

The three parts are divided into difficulty levels with Flute 1 carrying most of the tune and top octave notes, as well as more challenging rhythms, whilst Flute 3 has a smaller range of notes, easier rhythms and the bass part. Flute 2 takes over the tune for a short while and has some ornamental interest, sitting nicely between the top and bottom parts. Letters help to separate the sections clearly for rehearsal purposes and each part is similarly spaced making the music easy to follow between the parts. A full score is provided along with the three separate flute parts leaving the trio with the option of being conducted or not.

The arrangement balances a wealth of homophonic harmony with bars of rhythmic interest. Dynamics are sparse but contrasting and help to highlight important melodic sections and tone colours. There are some changes in speed that help to give the piece some ebb and flow and opportunities for the trio to work on their ensemble skills. This arrangement provides challenges for the players within their parts but is easily put together once each player is comfortable with their part. A beautiful piece.

Emily Hall

From the Publisher

Handel first used this tune as a Sarabande in an early opera, and again as an Aria in a later oratorio, but it is most famous as the beautiful soprano aria from his hit opera 'Rinaldo'. The 1st and 2nd flutes share the melody in this arrangement for 3 flutes, with a slightly easier flute 3 part.

Our Description

Also available for 2 flutes and alto flute

Performance duration (approx): 3'02

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three C Flutes
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: H001A
Our Stock Code: 1494594
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (4 pages [score])

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