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Orion's Belt for Flute Trio

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Striking music - literally!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This really contemporary flute trio opens with a loud foot stomp from all three players which is really very striking! All three movements make use of this unusual technique with scraping and shuffling also making an appearance. The first movement, Mintaka, is great. It has a driving rhythmic energy and intricate writing which is both challenging and fun to play. Alnilam is more reflective, the use of alto and bass flutes adding an altogether darker colour to the textures. Alnitak changes the mood again, this time the addition of the piccolo adding a hard-edged sparkle to its dance rhythms. Difficult - yes. Worth the effort? Definitely!

From the Publisher

Finalist in the National Flute Association's 2017 Newly Published Music Competition in the Chamber Works for Flute Category

Finalist in the Chamber Music Category for the 2016 Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition

Orion's Belt was commissioned by Areon Flutes. The namesake of Areon Flutes is a combination of Orion and aria which led to the inspiration of this trio for Areon Flutes' 10th anniversary. Orion's Belt is a suite of three dances based on the stars found on the belt of the constellation Orion.

Each movement is named after a star. The first movement is named after the brightest star, Mintaka, and is based around the foot strikes found in flamenco called zapateo. The second movement is Alnilam, translated into string of pearls, illustrated as a Sarabande. The final movement is named for the star Alnitak, actually made up of three stars, and this movement is a Troika, a dance with three dance partners.

Extended Techniques:

  • Pizzicato
  • Jet Whistle
  • Tongue Ram
  • Ch, Ka, Shh, Sha, Za
  • Pitch bend
  • Sing and play
  • Foot stomp
  • Foot scrape

Performance duration (approx): 12'

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


  1. Mintaka
  2. Alnilam
  3. Alnitak

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute doubling on Alto Flute
  • Part 3: Flute doubling on Bass Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Spotted Rocket Publishing
Our Stock Code: 1455441
Media Type: Paperback (68 pages [score])