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Sonata for Flute and Piano

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  • Highly recommended

Approved Exam Music

Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

ABRSM exam syllabus
7, 8, DipABRSM Diploma
Trinity College exam syllabus
7, 8, ATCL Certificate
LCMM exam syllabus
7, 8

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 beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 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