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Mercury, The Winged Messenger [Flute Choir]

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Staff Pick

“Mercury, The Winged Messenger [Flute Choir]”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -

Also available: Mars; Venus; The Planets Suite

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

With its light and fluid air, Mercury is a natural transcription for flute choir, perfectly suited to the medium. Mercury is arranged for eleven required voices with a mostly optional contrabass flute part. Its constant shifts in beat placement and rhythms as well as its use of the full range of the flute choir will make it an interesting addition to the repertoire. This piece will prove a real challenge for the advanced flute choir. Scored for 3 piccolos, 5 C flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute and optional contrabass flute.

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Piccolo
  • Part 3: Piccolo
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Flute
  • Part 8: Flute
  • Part 9: Alto Flute
  • Part 10: Alto Flute
  • Part 11: Bass Flute
  • Part 12 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 9+ Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Falls House Press
Publisher's reference: FH0229
Our Stock Code: 1008302
Media Type: Paperback