Lyrical Flute Legends for Flute and Piano
Arranged by Karen North
- Staff Pick
Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society
This is an enjoyable collection of short tuneful pieces for early intermediate players. With titles such as Crispin the Curious, Summer Morning in the Woods and Sighs and Silence, the pieces are evocative of moods, atmospheres and stories. The collection contains arrangements of works by Joplin, Dvořák, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others, as well as newly commissioned pieces by Elena Kats-Chernin, Greg Harradine, Heather Percy, Merryl Neille, Sally Greenaway, Jolin Jiang, Rachel Laurin and Gary Schocker.
As the title suggests, the pieces all celebrate the lyrical qualities of the flute, encouraging learning players to develop a strong, singing tone and providing opportunities for legato playing. There are also some rhythmical challenges, such as syncopations and ties, and a vast variety of articulation details including staccatos and accents. The pieces span a range of around two octaves and use key signatures of up to three sharps and flats. As such this is ideal learning material for students of around Grade 3 to 4 standard.
I particularly enjoyed the three pieces by Elena Kats-Chernin, which explore three contrasting characters inspired by a cat. Sally Greenaway’s Milonga Danza del Anhelo provides an opportunity to explore irregular beat patterns within the context of an Argentinian Dance, and Greg Harradine’s two compositions have well-shaped melodic lines which are fun to play. It’s great to see a good gender balance between the composers, and there are some real gems in this volume, which younger players are likely to enjoy.
From the Publisher
Lyrical Flute Legends is an exciting collection of 20 works for flute and piano, featuring exclusively commissioned works by contemporary composers and inspiring new arrangements of 19th and 20th century compositions. Listen to the legends, discover beautiful scenes and enjoy lively dances through the alluring lyricism of this music.
These exclusive commissioned works and new arrangements are suitable for intermediate level players. The flute part includes biographies of all composers and notes/ performance suggestions for each work.
All pieces in Lyrical Flute Legends have free flute & piano recordings to listen to, as well as free piano backing tracks to play along with.
Finalist: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2022
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Crispin the Curious (Kats-Chernin)
- Crispin the Dreamer (Kats-Chernin)
- Crispin the Mischievous (Kats-Chernin)
- Morning Song (Kuula/North)
- Cavatina (Dvorak/North)
- Waltz for Lyra (Harradine)
- Lazy Afternoon (Percy)
- Sighs and Silence (Neille)
- Little Swallow (Brahms/North)
- Christmas Piece (Mendelssohn/North)
- Sea Song (MacDowell/North)
- Danza del Anhelo (Greenaway)
- Jacaranda Blue (Jiang)
- Last Journey to the Greensward (Harradine)
- Winter Dusk (Laurin)
- The Sugar Shack (Laurin)
- Summer Morning in the Woods (Laurin)
- Halloween Dance (Engelmann/North)
- Pineapple Rag (Joplin/North
- Fable (Schocker)