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Ritornelli for Flute, Alto Flute and Bass Flute (2015) [Playing score(s)]

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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 £20 a year.

This study for flute, alto flute, and bass flute would suit an advanced student trio and above. The rhythmic complexity of Ritornelli will provide ample challenge when putting the work together and a strong sense of ensemble pulse is clearly required to pull off the complex subdivisions and time signature changes. Each of the three flute parts is equally difficult, as the work explores a melodic idea that is continually interrupted by outbursts from the member of the trio not currently playing the main material. Ritornelli is characterised by short articulations which are combined with melodic slurred gestures and the correct execution of these across the trio is paramount to a successful performance. High in energy and full of contrast, this short trio would make a great addition to any flute trio’s repertoire and would be easily programmable due to its accessibility to the listener.

Gavin Stewart

From the Publisher

This short study, loosely based on an earlier piece for solo piano from my set of 12, Allusions and distillations, explores a melodic idea continually interrupted by outbursts from the instrument absent from the homophonic texture. There are other reoccurring passages that also punctuate the melodic development, hence the title.

Difficulty guide: 9
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: Alto Flute
  • Part 3: Bass Flute
Category: Flute Trio Music: Three Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Composers Edition
Publisher's reference: Ce-ag2r1-pr-s
Our Stock Code: 1447842
Media Type: Paperback - Playing score(s) (9 pages [score])

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