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Sonatas and Partitas Volume 2 - Partitas

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“Great adaptations of Bach.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]
Very few players know the alto as well as Carla Rees and the amount of scholarship and practical application that has gone into these 2 books is quite amazing. Transposed so that the key stays as originally intended, the music sits in exactly in the right place with modifications to suit to the range. Articulations are based on the source material, again with some sensitive alterations, and double stopping has been replaced by grace notes. Breathing has been left to the discretion of the player. There is a great deal of worth in studying the Bach's string music on the flute. These sonatas and partitas represent a serious challenge, and to have them specifically designed for the alto is an absolute joy.

From the Publisher

Arrangements of one kind or another have been at the heart of alto flute repertoire since Boehm's own arrangements of well-known works at the time of the instrument's development in the mid 1850s. For an instrument that lacks its own repertoire before the mid nineteenth century, adapting earlier works provides both useful practice material and a broader range of musical material.

This adaptation of the violin Sonatas and Partitas is formed from studying various printed sources, including a facsimile of the composer’s manuscript, with slight modifications made (especially in the Fugue movements) to suit a single line instrument and the idiosyncrasies of the alto flute. Articulations are based on those found in the source material, but may be altered to suit the interpretation and requirements of the individual player, as is commonly the case with violin performances. Double stopping has been represented by grace notes, which may be allowed more time or omitted altogether depending on the skill and tastes of the performer.

Inevitably, breathing is a challenge when playing music originally conceived for strings on the alto flute, and I have decided not to include suggestions for breath marks to allow greater flexibility for the individual player. However, I would recommend that the more difficult breathing passages can be used to help build stamina and develop greater breath control, and are ideal for use as studies.

Although intended for the alto flute (and transposed so that when played on the alto flute the music sounds in the original key), these arrangements may also be played on other members of the flute family.

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


Adaptation of JS Bach Partitas:

  • Partita no. 1 - BWV 1002
  • Partita no. 2 - BWV 1004
  • Partita no. 3 - BWV 1006

Item Details


  • Part 1: Alto Flute
Category: Unaccompanied Alto Flute Music
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: TTYS292019/2
Our Stock Code: 1327472
Media Type: Paperback (38 pages [score])