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The Pied Piper for Solo Flute and Piccolo

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Great music for solo flute and piccolo”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This piece tells the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn. The Spell for solo flute weaves its magic around intervals of 7ths which become increasingly more agitated before subsiding to an uncertain calm. The March is much more robust, characterized by strong rhythms and varied articulation. Although the piccolo does not venture above a top G there is plenty of excitement generated by loud colours, trills and a virtuoso ending. This is a wonderful piece that is a great example of how to manage both instruments one work.

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £25 a year.

This is in the excellent Trinity Grade 8 book after being out of print for a long time. The first movement The Spell is beautiful and moving; the brilliant March to the River Weser is written for picc. Why do so few people play this? It was my audition piece for the CBSO, when I didn’t get the job in 1962 because Hugo Rignold said I would drive the First Flute mad!

Atarah Ben-Tovim

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

Approved Exam Music

Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

Trinity College London Trinity College London Flute (2017 to 2022)
Grades: 8
Trinity College London Trinity College London Flute (from 2023)
Grades: 8


  • The Spell (solo flute)
  • March to the River Weser (solo piccolo)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher's reference: 9780193853539
Our Stock Code: 1013054
Media Type: Paperback (3 pages [score])

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