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Three Mechanical Duets


From the Publisher

The three pieces in this collection all have connections to mechanical music.

Beethoven's Allegro is one a number of compositions written for a mechanical organ called the 'Flötenuhr' which consisted of small flute pipes, whose valves were operated by a rotating wooden barrel. A clock was often used in conjunction with the organ to make it play automatically at regular intervals.

The Musical Snuff Box is charming miniature was written in 1893, taking its inspiration from 18th Century musical snuff boxes.

The Rondo from Mozart's Sonata imitates the sound of Turkish Janissary bands. This movement was sometimes performed on a piano that featured a "Janissary Stop": a cymbal and bass drum mechanism operated by a pedal.

Performance duration (approx): 7'46

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


  1. Allegro (Suite for a Mechanical Organ)
  2. The Musical Snuff Box
  3. Rondo alla Turka (Sonata K. 331)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
Serial number: ***
Model number:
Category: Flute Duet Books
Publisher: Wonderful Winds
Publisher's reference: DM001
Our Stock Code: 1398212
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (10 pages [score])