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Suite de Ballet for Flute and Piano

  • Staff Pick
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Staff Pick

“A privilege!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
It's a privilege to have an authentic work for flute by Vaughan Williams which is unmistakably English in character. The opening Improvisation has a pastoral feel and is followed by the country dance style Humoresque, The Gavotte is sad but elegant and the Passepied breathless and exciting. Rooted in the folk music tradition which is central to Vaughan Williams musical language, this is a piece not to be missed!

From the Publisher

This four movement work for flute, discovered among Vaughan Williams's manuscripts after his death, seems to have been composed in 1913 for the French flautist Louis Fleury. It shows the composer beginning to experiment with the bitonality that would flavour his later works. The flute part is by turn expressive and virtuosic, making it an excellent showcase for more advanced flautists, especially those looking for British repertoire. Scores and parts for the string orchestra accompaniment are available on hire.

Performance duration (approx): 7'

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


  1. Improvisation
  2. Humoresque
  3. Gavotte
  4. Passepied

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: 20th Century Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: Oxford University Press - Archive
Publisher's reference: 9780193851054
Our Stock Code: 1175004
Media Type: Paperback (20 pages [score])