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Sonata for Flute and Piano

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From the Publisher

If Poulenc's musical debt in his late woodwind sonatas is rather to Stravinsky - as the chromatic inflexions of the 'Cantilena' or the bustling neo-classicism in the finale of his Flute Sonata show - then the plan to write a series of chamber sonatas surely stems from Debussy's similar scheme in 1915-1917. And if he was trying, like Debussy, to confirm his status as 'musicien francais', it seems natural that he should have begun with a Flute Sonata in 1956-1957.

However, Poulenc was inspired to complete the Sonata by a commission from the Coolidge Foundation in Washington; though he conceived it for Jean-Pierre Rampal, with whom he gave the first performance at the Strasbourg Festival on 18th June 1957.

Since then, it has become the most frequently played of modern flute sonatas, for Poulenc's very individual melodic writing was ideally suited to the instrument, to the extent that it is impossible to imagine the suave and airy opening idea in any other scoring.

Difficulty guide: 7-9
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):

ABRSM ABRSM Flute (Ongoing)
Grades: ARSM, DipABRSM
ABRSM ABRSM Flute (from 2022)
Grades: 7, 8
London College of Music London College of Music Flute (from 2012)
Grades: 7, 8
Trinity College London Trinity College London Flute (Ongoing)
Grades: ATCL (Recital)
Trinity College London Trinity College London Flute (2017 to 2022)
Grades: 7, 8
Trinity College London Trinity College London Flute (from 2023)
Grades: 7, 8


  1. Allegretto Malincolico
  2. Cantilena
  3. Presto gocoso

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Chester Music
Publisher's reference: CH01605
Our Stock Code: 1097948
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts

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