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Three for Eight [Flutes]


  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Staff Pick


Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
This is a most interesting work by Katherine Hoover who really knows how to write for flutes. The scoring in the atmospheric Dunes is very thick with all parts playing together, but Sandpipers has more independence in the writing and Kites will really test ensemble skills. The harmonic language throughout could be described as chromatic and there are plenty of minor 2nds and major 7ths to add interest to the texture which can sometimes sound a little bland in this combination. Each movement could stand alone but a complete performance would give the ensemble a real sense of achievement.

From the Publisher

Three for Eight was written for my friends and fellow flutists in the New York and Long Island Flute Clubs. Much of this piece was written during a blizzard, which may account for its obsession with summer at the beach. The first movement, Dunes, is about the slow shifting of shapes (colors, harmonies) that one sees in sand and clouds. Sandpipers draws its motion from the quirky scurrying of bunches of these little birds as they chase the waves up and down the beach. Kites sail with great freedom by the ocean, gliding gracefully, then darting and diving with sudden gusts.

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


  1. Dunes
  2. Sandpipers
  3. Kites

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Flute
  • Part 5: Flute
  • Part 6: Flute
  • Part 7: Flute
  • Part 8: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Choir Music: 8 Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Papagena Press
Publisher's reference: PP150
Our Stock Code: 1010022
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts