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The Romantic Flutist - Chopin: 10 Waltzes and 10 Nocturnes for Flute and Piano

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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.

Stallman begins his publications with a preface, noting Listz's explantion of why Chopin's style is so reminiscent of the human voice, why it it appropriate that the flute repertoire should incorporate such work and how Chopin can "invite us to become more sensitive musicians, whilst offering us unlimited inspiration".  The purpose of this selection of music, then, is to promote the expressive art of bel canto, including elements such as rich tone and smooth phrasing, which Stallman deems so important to Chopin's work.  His selection of twenty pieces transcribed for flute and piano show a myriad of possibilities for expanding the flute repertoire beyond Chopin's own single piece for the flute.  Highlighting key musical lines from the piano part in the flute's melody, this selection provides useful studies for improving technique and musicality: the waltzes all include repetition of notes in various keys, often with tricky finger movements in the lower right hand, whilst the fluctuation in dynamic expression challenges the user's expression.  The frequency of tuplets throughout the pieces are useful for student's practice of pulse, counting, sub-dividing and articulation.  Although playing through these pieces in succession might only be possible under concentrated coditions, this book provides a selection of studies appropriate for the intermediate/advanced student or performer looking for occasional alternative repertoire.  The arrangement of the pieces (consisting largely of accompanying quaver patterns) may not lend to the lyricism of bel canto, but the user has a selection of technical works in which to incorporate tone practice and phrasing.

Emily Hall

From the Publisher

World-renowned flutist, Robert Stallman says, "Chopin transports us into a realm of mystery, of peace, and celestial beauty." Robert Stallman has long made it his mission to expand the flute repertoire with apt transcriptions, gratifying flutists everywhere, and has emerged as the preeminent editor and arranger of flute music active today. Stallman's The Romantic Flutist draws from Chopin's piano music in a unique compilation of Waltzes and Nocturnes arranged for flute and piano.

Our Description

Finalist, NFA 2018 Newly Published Music, Flute and Piano Arrangement Category

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



  • Waltz in C minor Op.34/2
  • Grand Valse Brilliante in F major Op.34/3
  • "Minute Waltz" in D major Op.64/1
  • Waltz in F# minor Op.64/2
  • Waltz in Db major Op.64/3
  • Waltz in A major ("L'Adieu") Op.69/1
  • Waltz in B minor Op.69/2
  • Waltz in F major (Posthumous) Op.70/1
  • Waltz in A minor (Posthumous) Op.70/2
  • Waltz in E minor Op. Posthumous


  • Nocturne in Bb minor Op9/1
  • Nocturne in Eb major Op.9/2
  • Nocturne in F major Op.15/1
  • Nocturne in F# major Op.15/2
  • Nocturne inC# minor Op.27/1
  • Nocturne in Db major Op.27/2
  • Nocturne in B major Op.32/1
  • Nocturne in G minor Op.37/1
  • Nocturne in F# minor Op48/2
  • Nocturne in C# minor Op. Posthumous



Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Romantic Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Publisher's reference: WF222
Our Stock Code: 1411232
Media Type: Paperback (127 pages [score])

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