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Philadelphia Portraits for Piccolo and Piano

A Spiritual Journey

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“Award winning for a reason!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a sparkling collection of five very different pieces all of which are extremely well written for the piccolo. Each one has a personal connection to the composer. She played to Vincent Persichetti, her father was a jazz sax player, she researched the black composer Marian Anderson whilst studying, she was fascinated by Benjamin's glass harmonica invention, and Betsy Ross is a pastiche of American Revolutionary tunes that reflects her growing interesting in playing the fife. All of this and more, plus pointers on how to approach each one are outlined in the excellent programme notes. Five great movements of which the Marian Anderson spiritual and the Coltrane jazz movement really stand out. This book is award winning for a reason!

From the Publisher

Philadelphia Portraits: A Spiritual Journey by Cynthia Folio for Piccolo and Piano. In five movements: Vincent Persichetti, John Coltrane, Marian Anderson, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross. With an introduction by Lois Bliss Herbine, to whom the work was commissioned by, dedicated to, and premiered by at the 2011 Annual Convention of the National Flute Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Winner: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2024

Performance duration (approx): 11'

Difficulty guide: 7-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Vincent Persichetti
  • John Coltrane
  • Marian Anderson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Betsy Ross

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Accompanied Piccolo Music
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: PP42
Our Stock Code: 1683417
Media Type: Paperback (15 pages [score])

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