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Six Duets for Two Flutes, Op. 58

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  • Highly recommended
  • Great for teachers
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.

Originally written for two cellos, James Hook’s duets are cheerful and carefree; a great source of material for use in lessons. Varying in style, these Classical works offer the opportunity for players to explore and engage with different musical characterisations, with numerous examples of Tempi di Menuetto and lyrical sustained adagios. These duets could be used to enhance performance for players between grade 3–5 or be used as great material for sight reading for those who are more advanced.

These duets offer flexibility for teachers, particularly in group sessions, allowing students of varying experience to play parts that can challenge some and reward the more advanced with material to explore musical characterisation. They are a fantastic source for getting pupils to work on ensemble playing and understanding the importance of listening to players around you. This arrangement is a helpful contribution to the flute repertoire and can easily be used to target dynamic contrast, ensemble balance, rhythm, and general musicality. The compound time signature of the Rondo-Allegretto in Duet 5 may prove to be more rhythmically challenging, but perseverance will reward pupils with a greater sensitivity to ensemble playing and the techniques needed to execute a convincing and assured performance.

The beauty of these duets lies in their simplicity. Easy to follow arrangements, transposed from the original cello part allow developing flautists access to repertoire that has been thoughtfully adapted for their instrument. While a greater effort could have been made to facilitate easier page turns in the individual parts, this is easily remedied by the age-old trick of using paper copies. However, the score, having been lifted from Hook’s original manuscript, is a lot more user friendly for page turning during performance, and players may even be able to benefit from seeing both parts while playing.

Sophie Hooper

From the Publisher

James Hook was an English composer and organist. He was born in Norwich, and by the age of 6 was giving public concerts. After moving to London he worked in various Churches and Music Halls, composing works for both kinds of venues. He worked at the Vauxhall Gardens for fifty years before retiring to Boulogne, where he died in 1827.
These six duets were originally written for two cellos. Each duets has two or three movements, all with the standard forms of the times – minuets, rondos, sonata form etc. Each is full of the elegance and style of this composer and his time.

Difficulty guide: 3-5
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Contents

  • Sonata No 1 in C major
    • Allegro ma non troppo
      Tempo di Menuetto
  • Sonata No 2 in G major 
    • Allegro Moderato
      Tempo di Menuetto
  • Sonata No 3 in D major 
    • Con Spirito
      Adagio
      Gavot Allegreto
  • Sonata No 4 in F major 
    • Un poco Allegro
      Rondo Allegretto
  • Sonata No 5 in G major 
    • Allegro Moderato
      Adagio
      Rondo Allegretto
  • Sonata No 6 in B flat major 
    • Moderato
      Tempo di Menuetto

Item Details

Instrumentation

  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
Category: Duets for Two Flutes
Publisher: Forton Music
Publisher's reference: FM1002
Our Stock Code: 1491449
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (32 pages [score])

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