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The Serious Doll for Flute (or Oboe or Violin) and Piano

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From the Publisher

"The Serious Doll" is the second movement taken from Elgar's Nursery Suite for orchestra (also published by Goodmusic - GMCL201).

Elgar had been appointed "Master of the King's Musick" in 1924 and the Nursery Suite, written in 1931, was prompted by the birth in August 1930 of Princess Margaret. The work is dedicated to "The Duchess of York and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose". In the original "The Serious Doll" features a flute solo. This has been adapted by Peter Lawson for various solo instruments.

The solo part can be played by: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Saxophone in Eb, Saxophone in Bb, Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola or Cello here with piano accompaniment. Parts are included for all solo instruments.

Duration 2½ minutes

Performance duration (approx): 2'30

Difficulty guide: 7
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 (from 2023)
Grades: 7

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute or Oboe or Violin
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Romantic Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Goodmusic
Publisher's reference: GM 166
Our Stock Code: 1639179
Media Type: Paperback (7 pages [score])

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