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Trois Chansons [4 Flutes]

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Something different.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Just when you think that all the great pieces by Ravel have been arranged for four flutes, along comes Mel Orriss to prove you wrong! These three little-know songs are delightful, full of wistfulness and life in equal measure. Nicolette bounces along with plenty of articulation to work on, Trois Oiseaux has a beautiful changing-time melody and the Ronde is a wonderfully characterful piece with quirky rhythms adding bags of energy. This movement is worth the cover price alone. All the songs are immaculately arranged as ever ensuring  this book is  a must for all quartets!

From the Publisher

Ravel wrote these three charming songs for unaccompanied chorus while waiting to be enlisted into the army during World War 1. The lyrics are Ravel's own, and offer plenty of scope for colourful composing. The first song tells of Nicolette picking flowers, and being pursued by a growling old wolf, a gentle page and lastly a grey-haired old lord, "Ugly, wry, vile and corpulent" into whose arms she runs! The second more plaintive song describes three birds of paradise, interspersed with the line "my belov'd is to the fighting gone“ and featured a wordless chorus accompanying the song. In the final lively song, the old women and old men warn the younger generation not to go into the woods, lest they meet a cast of unsavoury characters, including goblins, werewolves, flying devils and goat footed folk! These vibrant songs translate beautifully for wind, with lots of fun and interest for all players.

Performance duration (approx): 5'20

Difficulty guide: 6-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Nicolette
  2. Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis
  3. Ronde

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Alto Flute
Category: Flute Quartet Music: Four Mixed Flutes
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: R008
Our Stock Code: 1465662
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (16 pages [score])