The Shepherds' Farewell for Four Flutes
- Staff Pick
Flexibility in numbers is useful at any time of year and at Christmas it's especially valuable. Unexpected absences and sudden appearances happen in most groups so to have an arrangement as good as this which will cover all eventualities is as good as a present! This beautiful melody is left to sell itself with only an added descant to colour its repeat, and there is an obvious advantage in letting star players shine in a larger ensemble. All in all this is simply ideal!
From the Publisher
This beautiful carol depicts the shepherds saying goodbye to Jesus as the Holy family leave Bethlehem for Egypt. In this setting, the first verse is true to the original work, and in the second verse the carol is heard as a trio, with a solo flute adding a descant. The introduction to each verse and the closing few bars may be played by solo players in a larger group for variety.
Performance duration (approx): 2'27
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).