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My Kind-Hearted Boy for Flute Quartet and Piano/Harp

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“Lovely to play.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Despite its harrowing back story this lovely piece captures a sense of hope through a beautiful Lakotian lullaby. This simple melody is sensitively developed by making full use of the colours of the quartet, particularly the bass which gives a wonderful depth to the texture. The sympathetic accompaniment adds to the atmosphere and works equally well on the harp and the piano. The events that prompted the composition of this work may be shocking but playing it is so lovely that it will restore your faith in humanity.

From the Publisher

From Linthicum-Blackhorse: "This Lakota lullaby (“Čhaŋté Wašté Hokšíla”) was traditionally sung by mothers towards their young boys, though the song was, and still is, sung to all children regardless of gender. Old songs are often mistaken for having “no words” because many of the ancient vocabulary were single syllables and, to the non-native speaker/singer, they sound like assorted, meaningless vowels. Reviving the meanings behind many of these songs has proven a rewarding and frustrating challenge since most of our living elders were persecuted for using the language or singing the songs. Now there are abundant variations on any traditional song––I was taught the Sičháŋǧu na Oglála Lakȟóta interpretations which I have used in my lyrical writing."

This song is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX on May 24, 2022.

Winner: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2024

Difficulty guide: 7
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: Alto Flute
  • Part 4: Bass Flute
  • Part 5: Piano or Harp
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four Flutes and Piano
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: FQP104
Our Stock Code: 1684803
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts

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