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Sonata for Flute and Piano

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Lovely nostalgia!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]
This lovely Sonata by the rather forgotten British composer Alan Ridout will feel a little nostalgic if you are a fan of tonal music. The Overture is fast and ebullient with a mix of cascading runs and rhythmic drive allowing the both instruments to shine. The beautful Serenade has a soulful melody over a flowing accompaniment which would be stunning in any situation, and the closing movement unusually starts with theme in the piano before the flute joins in for the six contrasting variations. This is destined to be standard repertoire and definitely worth investigating.

From the Publisher

This previously unpublished flute sonata by Alan Ridout was originally written in 1987 for flute and harp. After the composer’s death in 1996 the manuscript was placed in the archives of Ampleforth Abbey where it lay undiscovered until its publication in this edition. The original harp part has been revised for piano to bring it to a wider audience, but it remains equally playable for harp. With sparkling outer movements flanking a middle movement of exquisite beauty and simplicity, this work is a valuable addition to the 20th century flute sonata repertoire. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. Recorded piano accompaniment and separate harp part available to download. 

Honourable Mention: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2023

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


  • Overture
  • Serenade
  • Variations

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: AureaCapra Editions
Publisher's reference: AC2201
Our Stock Code: 1536775
Media Type: Paperback (16 pages [score])