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The Planets Suite [Flute Choir]


  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick

“Ambitious and Faithful”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - chrish@justflutes.com

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. There are 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.

From the Publisher

This arrangement is an abbreviated version of all seven movements of The Planets--the 60 minute original version has been reduced to 20 minutes and is accessible to both small and large flute ensembles of intermediate through advanced level. Scored for 4 flutes with opt. alto, bass and contrabass parts, this arrangement may be performed in its entirety by ensembles as small as four c-flutes, as well as by larger ensembles with access to alto, bass and contrabass flutes.

Difficulty guide: 5-7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5 (Optional): Alto Flute
  • Part 6 (Optional): Bass Flute
  • Part 7 (Optional): Contrabass Flute
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four C Flutes
Publisher: Falls House Press
Publisher's reference: FH0256
Our Stock Code: 1008272
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts