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Mars, The Bringer of War

  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Ambitious and Faithful”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

There are some big pieces arranged for flute choir but this project has to rank amongst the most ambitious. The individual movements are musically pretty faithful to the originals with most of the thematic content appearing. The most important material moves around the parts making it quite a challenge to keep together, especially when the writing is as intricate as it is in Mercury. Obviously the more bass instruments you have the better and Mars has parts for percussion in order to beef up the texture. Rick Pierce has given some quite detailed hints on how to perform these pieces with particular reference to doubling up the parts for maximum impact so this makes them ideal for large choirs and great fun will be had by all. But if all this seems either too ambitious or a bit daunting you can always opt for just the big tunes from the complete Planets Suite, which he has arranged for just 4 flutes!

From the Publisher

Mars for flute choir is arranged to present the full orchestration of the original work, certainly an intriguing and musically challenging addition to the flute choir repertoire. Scored for 8 C flutes (one doubling piccolo), alto & bass flute with optional bass and percussion.

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo doubling on Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Flute
  • Part 8: Flute
  • Part 9: Alto Flute
  • Part 10: Bass Flute
  • Part 11: Bassoon or Cello or Double Bass
  • Part 12: Percussion
Category: Flute Choir Music: 9+ Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Falls House Press
Publisher's reference: FH0195
Our Stock Code: 1008289
Media Type: Paperback