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  • Coste - Cavatine - Afl + Pf

    coste cavatine 245px nsmCavatine, Op.37, by Napoléon Coste

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.25

    Napoléon Coste (1805-1883) was born in a small village in the Départment of the Doubs, France.  He began to play guitar at the age of 6, studying with his mother who was an accomplished guitar performer.   Napoléon himself began teaching and performing on guitar as a teenager.   At age 24 he moved to Paris, where he studied under Fernando Sor, the renowned Spanish classical guitarist and composer.   Coste quickly established himself as a virtuoso and is widely acknowledged as the dominant French guitarist of his era.

    Coste became famous not only as a guitar soloist, but also as a major composer of some 60 works, most of which were written for guitar.   His Op.37 "Cavatine" is a short, single-movement piece for piano and oboe (or violin or flute).   Melodic but lively in places, the work should appeal to amateurs of a moderate or higher skill level.   Our transposition of Cavatine falls nicely within the range of the alto flute and sounds appealing and completely natural on that instrument.  The Noteworthy Sheet Music edition includes a score for piano and alto flute, in addition to the transcribed alto flute part.

    Click here to preview a page of the Coste Cavatine score for Alto Flute and Piano.

    Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Piano Score, 8 pages; Total, 16 pages.

  • Fauré - Berceuse - Alto Flute & Piano

    Berceuse, Op.16, by Gabriel Fauréfaure berceuse nsm

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Gabriel Fauré composed his Berceuse(Op. 16) for violin (or cello) and piano in 1878-1879, and it was first published by J. Hamelle, Paris.   To this day, the Berceuse remains one of Fauré's most beloved and popular works.  The piece is simple but beautiful, short, with a quiet sweet melody that appeals to both performers and audiences alike.  It is no wonder that over the years the Berceuse has been transcribed for many other instruments; arrangements have been created for solo piano, viola, flute, alto saxophone, flute and harp, and string quartet, in addition to the composer's own arrangement for violin and orchestra.

    Now, in response to an excellent suggestion we received from one of our customers, we add our own version of the Fauré Berceuse, a transcription for alto flute and piano.  Perhaps we are biased, but we think the alto flute is a wonderful instrument choice for this lullaby.   The piece is suitable for players of all levels.  Click to preview a page of the Fauré Berceuse score for alto flute and piano.

    Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Piano Score, 5 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • Beach - 3 Compositions - Alto Flute & Piano

    beach op40 nsm 245px3 Compositions, Op.40, by Amy Beach

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Piano Score and Alto Flute Part, PDF $10.50

    Amy Marcy Cheney was born in Henniker, New Hampshire in 1867 and began composing music at the age of four.  Initially home-schooled as a pianist, she continued her music studies in Boston and made her professional debut as a pianist at age 16.   She later became a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  At 18, she married the prominent Boston physician Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach and began using "Mrs. H. H. A. Beach" as her professional name.  She continued to perform occasionally as a pianist, but for many years she focused her musical skills primarily on composing.   After her husband's death in 1910, Mrs. Beach resumed her performing career, beginning with a three year tour of Europe, while also continuing to write music.   Her works were received with great acclaim, and Amy Beach became one of America's leading composers and the first American woman composer to achieve widespread recognition in the United States and abroad.   During her lifetime, she wrote more than 150 numbered works, spanning a variety of genres that included piano pieces, chamber music, orchestral works, sacred choral music, and a great many songs.

    Amy Beach's 3 Compositions for Violin and Piano, Op.40, were first published in 1898.   Written in the romantic style, the three pieces are (1) the beautiful but sombre La Captive, (2) a lovely, lyrical Berceuse, and (3) a lively but still tender Mazurka.  In addition to alto flute transcriptions of all three pieces, we include in our edition a version of the Mazurka transcribed for flute and piano (score and part), for those wishing to give this option a try as well.

    Click to preview a page of the Amy Beach "Berceuse" score transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano.

    Alto Flute part, 4 pages; Piano/Alto Flute Score, 10 pages;

    Alternate "Mazurka" Flute part, 2 pages; "Mazurka" Piano/Flute Score, 5 pages;

    Total, 29 pages.

  • Bauer - Sonata - Alto Flute

    bauer op.22 nsmSonata, Op.22, by Marion Bauer

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by Peter H. Bloom (originally for viola)

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $11.79

    The following notes are excerpted, with permission, from the complete copyrighted foreword written by Peter H. Bloom for the Noteworthy Sheet Music edition of his transcription:

    "The career of Marion Eugenie Bauer (1882-1955) as a composer, editor, writer, teacher, supportive colleague and mentor continues to assert a significant impact on the trajectory of American Music.  It's mysterious that her legacy has been so rarely recalled and her music so infrequently performed in the six decades following her death.  ...  In 1906 she was the first of generations of American composers to study in Paris with the redoubtable Nadia Boulanger.  ...  We're fortunate that the composer crafted her own superb transcription of this sonata for clarinet and piano.  In order to achieve the equivalent musical impact, her viola and clarinet versions differ in some places.  The piano part, nevertheless, remains unchanged.  Sometimes we've opted for the clarinet version, sometimes the viola version, and sometimes a conflation of the two.  We have also made a few adaptive changes in tessitura, articulation, phrasing and dynamics to highlight the unique voice of the alto flute.  Though execution may occasionally differ, the rhetorical and emotional shape of the work remains essentially the same."

    P. H. Bloom, © January 7, 2014

    We provide our alto flute transcription; the piano part is readily available as a free pdf download of the score from sources such as imslp.org/.  Click to preview a page of the alto flute part.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages of music; Total, 12 pages.

     

  • Mozart - Concerto in Eb Major, K.447 - Alto Flute

    mozart k.447 nsmConcerto in E-flat Major, K.447, by W. A. Mozart

    Transcribed for Alto Flute (from horn and piano arrangement) by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) wrote four horn concertos for his good friend Joseph Leutgeb (1732-1811).   Leutgeb was a virtuoso horn player, who served as principal horn in Salzburg and thus became a colleague of Leopold Mozart, during the young Wolfgang's early years.  Leutgeb appears to have remained a friend and inspiration for W. A. Mozart throughout the composer's life.

    The Mozart horn concertos are delightful, joyous works.  The third horn concerto, K.447, like two of the three others, was written in the key of E-flat major.  It is thought to have been composed in 1787.   The work is in typical concerto form, consisting of three movements—an Allegro, a Romanze, and another Allegro, which together have an average performance duration time of approximately 15 minutes.

    K.447, Concerto for Horn in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra, is scored for solo horn in E-flat, with two clarinets, two bassoons, and strings.   Henri Kling (1842-1918), a horn player who was also a composer, conductor, and professor, arranged the concerto for horn and piano.  His transcription was published by Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d. (ca. 1890).  We used the Kling edition, now in the public domain and available as a free pdf download from imslp.org, to create a transcription of the horn part for alto flute.  Our edition incorporates adjustments that account for differences in range and sonority between the alto flute and horn, while striving to maintain the style and character of the original composition.

    Click to preview a page of the transcribed Alto Flute part for K.447.   We provide the alto flute part only; the piano score (horn and piano) by Henri Kling is freely available from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Mozart - Concerto in Eb Major, K.495 - Alto Flute

    mozart k.495 nsmConcerto in E-flat Major, K.495, by W. A. Mozart

    Transcribed for Alto Flute (from horn and piano arrangement) by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $7.99

    Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4, K.495, was composed in 1786 and scored for solo horn, with two oboes, two horns, and strings (bassoon ad libitum).   The work consists of three movements—Allegro moderato, Romanza-Andante, and Rondo-Allegro vivace—with the rousing Rondo clearly evoking a hunt scene.   The horn player Henri Kling (1842-1918) created arrangements of all the Mozart horn concerti for horn and piano.   His transcription of K.495 was published by Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d. (ca. 1882).  We used the Kling edition, now in the public domain and available as a free pdf download from imslp.org, to create a transcription of the horn part for alto flute.  Our edition incorporates adjustments that account for differences in range and sonority between the alto flute and horn, while striving to maintain the style and character of the original composition.

    Click to preview a page of the transcribed Alto Flute part for K.495.   We provide the alto flute part only; the piano score (horn and piano) by Henri Kling is freely available from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Schubert – Erlking – Duo (Vo, Vc, Va, or Afl with Pf)

    Erlkönig, Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Cello (or Viola or Alto Flute) and Piano by John W. Pratt
    Piano Score and Parts for Cello/Voice, Viola, and Alto Flute; PDF $11.99

    Schubert Erlking Duo NSMFranz Schubert (1797-1828), inspired by reading Goethe's poem, wrote his song "Erlkönig" in a few hours in 1815. The song was an immediate hit, and continues to be popular to the present day. John Pratt has created a trio arrangement for flute, cello, and piano (click for more information), and also the duo version offered here with Schubert's solo voice part transposed for cello (or viola or alto flute), and with a less arduous alternative to Schubert's piano accompaniment.

    Excerpted from Mr. Pratt's © preface:
    "In the duo arrangement, Schubert's solo part is adopted without change. Thus the piano must provide the entire accompaniment, but rocking triplets and other pianistically felicitous passagework replace Schubert's unremitting repetition. The range of sonorities is also wider than Schubert's, though more restrained than that of the trio arrangement, where the flute enlarges the musical terrain. This accompaniment is offered as a less punishing alternative to Schubert's, to be played with a singer or any solo instrument. Solo parts are provided for voice or cello, viola, and alto flute."

    Click to preview a page of the score for Schubert's Erlking arranged for cello and piano.


    Piano score, 6 pages; Cello, Viola, and Alto Flute parts, 2 pages each; Total, 22 pages.

    We also offer a printed hard copy edition of Erlking for $20.38 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address.  We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

  • Vercoe - Butterfly Effects - Flute(s) and Harp

    vercoe.butterfly.nsmButterfly Effects, by Elizabeth Vercoe

    Contemporary Composition for Flute(s) and Harp

    Flute Part and Harp Score, PDF $26.99
     

    Butterfly Effects is an intriguing and varied piece in seven sections for flute and harp in which the flutist is asked to play bass, alto, piccolo and concert flutes. The titles are the names of butterflies: Mourningcloak, Banded Blue Pierrot, Common Jezebel, Question Mark, Monkey Puzzle, Karner Blues, and Psyche.

    Excerpted from Elizabeth Vercoe's preface: "Butterfly Effects for flute and harp was written for the duo "2", with flutist Peter H. Bloom and harpist Mary Jane Rupert, who premiered the first parts of the piece in Bangkok and the entire work in Illinois in 2010. Along with the butterflies themselves, a quotation from Zhuangzi was the starting point for the music: "Am I a human who dreamt of being a butterfly or am I now a butterfly who dreams of being human?" The Taoist philosopher's dream illustrates, among other lessons, his sense of oneness with all living beings. // All seven movements are short, some only a minute in length. Mourningcloak, for alto flute and harp, is somber and reflective. Banded Blue Pierrot (concert flute) is short and glittering. Common Jezebel is a sultry tango for bass flute and harp that becomes increasingly chromatic and contrapuntal, requiring the harpist to do some fancy footwork. Question Mark, also for bass flute, requires the flutist to use "beat boxing" and key slap techniques that maximize the percussive qualities of the flute. Monkey Puzzle, in a kind of mimicry of the confusing antennae and pseudo antennae of the insect, flutters along to the middle of the piece and then proceeds backwards to the beginning in what is known as retrograde motion. Karner Blues adopts some of the riffs of blues instrumentalists and singers in the only movement for piccolo. Psyche, a word meaning breath or soul in Greek, is for concert flute and reminds us again of the Zhuangzi dream and the oneness of all living beings."

    Butterfly Effects may be performed by one flutist playing multiple instruments, or by multiple flutists each playing one instrument for the relevant movement(s).

    Our striking cover image for this publication is of the painting "Jezebel Tapestry #2" by Louisa King Fraser, used with the artist's permission.

    Butterfly Effects for flute(s) and harp received a rave review by Nicole Riner in the Fall 2015 edition of the National Flute Association’s membership magazine The Flutist QuarterlyRead the review in its entirety reprinted on the NSM website with permission from the NFA, or visit the NFA website.

    Click to view a YouTube video of the duo "2" performing Banded Blue Pierrot.

    Peter H. Bloom gave a lecture on “Effective Writing for Flutes and the Contemporary Flutist” at the 2018 Snow Pond Composers Workshop.  In his presentation, Mr. Bloom discussed various topics using four contemporary works published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, including Butterfly Effects, as examples.  We later published a free text version of this excellent presentation on our website, in the Reviews and Articles section, including some of the audio clips and supplemental written materials that Mr. Bloom used as demonstrations.

    CD cover butterfly effects finalThe Elizabeth Vercoe CD "Butterfly Effects and Other Works" was released in November 2018.  The CD is available through Navona Records and features the title track performed by duo "2".  Here is a quote from Cinemusical's review of the CD: "The album opens with a multi-movement work for flutes and harp, Butterfly Effects (2009).  Across the seven movements, Vercoe explores the qualities of different instruments in the flute family: alto flute, bass flute, concert flute, and piccolo.  The music has a slight impressionistic quality to it, aided by the harp’s material.  Against this is first a rather dreamy, dark opening movement (“Mourningcloak”); a faster-paced flitting “Banded Blue Parrot”; a tango (“Common Jezebel”); intriguing effects like beat-boxing (“Question Mark”) and blues riffs (“Karner Blues”); and a palindromic compositional technique (“Monkey Puzzle”).  The flute lines allow for registral exploration and often features some sinuous lines.  Some are sultrier than others, but it is as if these are all like watercolor brushstrokes that tend to be somewhat introspective in this often stunningly beautiful work."  Another nice review of this CD, written by Nicole Riner, came out in the Flutist Quarterly Spring 2019 edition; here's a quote: "I had the pleasure of reviewing the sheet music for Butterfly Effects for this publication in 2015 and found it to be wonderfully diverse and intriguing. /// Bloom and Rupert perform this work deftly and with a great sense of unity”.

    Flute part, 16 pages; Harp Score, 43 pages; Total, 66 pages.

     

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    We also offer a printed hard copy edition of Butterfly Effects for $45.88 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee.  Due to prohibitively high international shipping rates, we ship print editions only to addresses in the USA. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which hard copy publication(s) you would like to purchase, along with your email contact information and USPS mailing address.  We will then send you a PayPal invoice for the sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have paid for the item(s), we will ship your music to the address provided.

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  • Mendelssohn - On Wings of Song - Alto Flute & Piano

    MendelssohnOWOS.NSMOn Wings of Song, Op.34, No.2, by Felix Mendelssohn

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $5.99

    Having made significant contributions as a poet, essayist, journalist, and critic, Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is considered one of the great German writers of the 19th century.  Many of his romantic poems were chosen as the text for Lieder by such eminent composers as Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.  The Heine poem Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, which translates into English as On Wings of Song, was set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and published as No. 2 of six songs for voice and piano constituting his Opus 34.  Auf Flügeln des Gesanges became one of Mendelssohn's most famous art songs, and remains popular to this day.  Arrangements and transcriptions of the music have been created for small orchestra, flute and guitar, flute and piano, violin and piano, two violins, cello and piano, treble choir, and piano solo, among others.  With its charming, simple melody and narrow pitch range, On Wings of Song is highly accessible and understandably a favorite of vocal and instrumental soloists of all levels.  Our transcription is in the key of G, and the song is especially mellow and lovely when played on alto flute. 

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 8 pages.

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  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin - AFl & Pf

    elgar chanson-de-matin afl-and-pf nsmChanson de Matin, Op.15, No.2, by Edward Elgar

    Transcribed for Alto flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $6.99

    Edward Elgar composed his Chanson de Matin for violin and piano c.1889-1890.  The two companion pieces, Chanson de Matin (No. 2) and Chanson de Nuit (No. 1), together constitute his Op.15, and both pieces were later arranged for small orchestra by the composer.  Chanson de Matin was received with great enthusiasm, and its initial and lasting popularity can be attributed largely to its strong melodic appeal.  Enduring public affection for the piece has spawned the creation of numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including renditions for cello and piano, viola and piano, flute and guitar, piano solo, organ solo, and string quartet.  Noteworthy Sheet Music offers two of our own transcriptions of the lovely Chanson de Matin, one for alto flute and piano and one for C-flute and piano.

    Alto Flute part, 2 pages; Piano Score, 4 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • Fauré - Pièce - Alto Flute & Piano

    faure piece nsmPièce (Vocalise-Étude), by Gabriel Fauré

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $4.99

    Vocalises are songs without words written to provide technical challenges for singers; they are designed to develop flexibility and control, and thus often serve as vocal warm-up exercises.  Gabriel Fauré composed his Vocalise-Étude in 1906, and it was published by Leduc the following year.  The original piece, in the key of E minor and marked Adagio molto tranquillo, includes a piano accompaniment and incorporates various difficulties for the vocal soloist, including wide intervals, unexpected harmonies, and demanding rhythms.

    Fauré's Vocalise-Étude has long been recognized as a particularly lovely and poignant piece of music, not merely a vocal exercise but a musical work of intrinsic beauty.  Under its alternative name Pièce, the Vocalise-Étude has been transcribed for various orchestral instruments, including bassoon and piano, flute and piano, and oboe and harp.  We at Noteworthy Sheet Music think the alto flute, with its rich, mellow tone, is the perfect instrument for this moving and somewhat melancholy Fauré melody.  Our transcription for alto flute and piano is based on the version of the Vocalise-Étude for medium voice, in the key of D minor, published by Alphonse Leduc in 1907 and now in the public domain.

    Alto Flute part, 1 page; Piano Score, 3 pages; Total, 8 pages.

  • Schumann - Five Pieces in Folk Style - Alto Flute

    Schumann Funf-Stucke-Op102 nsmFünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102, by Robert Schumann

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $6.99

    Excerpted from the foreword by John W. Pratt:

    "Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style), Opus 102, for violoncello and piano on April 13-15, 1849.  //   Fünf Stücke im Volkstonwas premiered on Schumann's 40th birthday, June 8, 1850 by his wife, Clara, and their friend Andreas Grabau, the dedicatee, a cellist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Clara thought the pieces beguiling, fresh, original, and under-appreciated. They have been viewed as precursors of his cello concerto, composed in October, 1850, and first performed after his death in honor of his 50th birthday.  // Just as folk songs may appropriately be sung by a great variety of voices, it is perhaps appropriate that songs without words in folk style may be played by a great variety of solo instruments and piano. In any event, Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston have been arranged for oboe, viola, clarinet, alto saxophone, horn, bass clarinet, bassoon, trombone, and baritone saxophone, at least. The pieces are this popular for good reason, being varied and appealing, and we are pleased to add alto flute to this list. Though often programmed by professionals, they call for folk-like playing, not virtuosity, and are entirely suitable for ordinary folk."

    We provide our transcribed alto flute part only; the piano score is in the public domain and available without charge from imslp.org.

    Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.

  • Dvořák - Ballada - Alto Flute & Piano

    Dvorak-Ballada-Op15 AflPf nsmBallada, Op. 15, by Antonín Dvořák

    Transcribed for Alto Flute and Piano by C.A.Vater

    Alto Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $7.99

    The Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904) first visited England in 1884, at the invitation of the Philharmonic Society of London. He conducted several of his works there and and was commissioned to compose a new symphony for the Philharmonic Society, his Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, which he conducted in London on April 22, 1885. Dvořák, who was well-received in England for his longer works, including cantatas and oratorios, was asked by London publishers to write shorter compositions as well. The Ballada, composed by Dvořák in late 1884 shortly after he completed his Symphony No. 7, was written specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music. It is a short work of approximately six minutes duration for violin and piano. Written in the key of D minor, the Ballad's outer sections are solemn and melancholy while the contrasting central Allegro agitato is fervid and intense. The piece works nicely on alto flute, and our transcription required few adaptations from the original violin part.

    [Sources for Dvořák biographical information: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Eighth Edition, Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky) and the internet website http://www.antonin-dvorak.cz/en/ballad.]

    Score, 8 pages; Alto Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 14 pages.

     

  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.1 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms-Sonata-Op120-1 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.1, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. John W. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.1 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument. The entire transcription of Op.120 No.1 works remarkably well, but the breathtakingly beautiful slow movement played on alto flute will steal your heart away.

    Alto Flute part, 9 pages; Total 14 pages.

  • Brahms ― Sonata, Op.120 No.2 ― Alto Flute

    Brahms Op120 No2 Afl nsmSonata, Op.120 No.2, by Johannes Brahms

    Transcribed for Alto Flute by J.W.Pratt

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $8.99

    This is the second of Brahms' two clarinet sonatas, transcribed for alto flute by John Pratt.  Although written originally for clarinet, Brahms himself created two more versions of his Op.120 sonatas, for violin and viola. Mr. Pratt, who transcribed these works for alto flute so expertly, writes in his foreword: "If Brahms was happy with versions for clarinet, viola, and violin, surely he would have welcomed arrangements for alto flute, especially since it is the mellow rather than the clarion aspect of the clarinet that he called on. In making our arrangements for alto flute, the violin versions have been particularly helpful, since the violin has the same lower range as the alto flute, but they required modification for several reasons. One, of course, is that the alto flute cannot play as loudly at the bottom of its range as the violin can. Another is that Brahms gave the violin double stops even though the clarinet is limited to a single voice." Our editions of the two Op.120 sonatas include only the alto flute parts, as Brahms' piano scores are freely available in the public domain. Here is a link to the listing of Op.120 No.2 on IMSLP.org, where the clarinet, viola, and violin versions with piano scores may be found. Our alto flute arrangements are based on the usual piano parts that accompany the clarinet as the solo instrument.

    Alto Flute part, 8 pages; Total, 12 pages.

  • Snow Pond Anthology—2015

    SPA nsmSnow Pond Composers Workshop Anthology New Music for Flute 2015

    Edited by Joshua Tomlinson, PDF $21.95


    The first annual Snow Pond Composers Workshop took place June 7-13, 2015, under the direction of Edward Jacobs and Richard Nelson.  The workshop was part of the broader Snow Pond Music Festival taking place in Sidney, Maine.  Peter H. Bloom was the Visiting Performing Artist, and Elliott Schwartz was the Guest Composer.  The Snow Pond Composers Workshop Anthology—New Music for Flute 2015, edited by Joshua Tomlinson, includes all of the scores presented at the workshop:

     

     

      ED by Sean O. G. Burns | one player, on flute with kick drum and voice
      Where Wind Blows by William C. Edwards | solo flute
      Farewell to Charms by Henry Feinberg | solo flute
      Amuse-Bouche by Edward Jacobs | solo flute
            Published by American Composers Alliance, reprinted with permission.
      Stillness by Richard Nelson | trumpet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and drums/percussion;
            or, flute and electric guitar (or other small combination of instruments)
      Party On, Bloom! by Alan Racadag | one player, on piccolo, C-flute, alto flute,
            and optional bass flute
      Soliloquy III by Elliott Schwartz | one player, on flute, piccolo, alto flute, and piano
            Published by American Composers Alliance, reprinted with permission.
      Something Human by Joshua Tomlinson | solo flute
      Indecision (...or maybe not) by Isaac Ward | solo flute
      Vyvirian Folk Songs by Julian Ward | solo flute
      Quicksilver by Joshua Zinn | solo flute

    This is a remarkable collection of new music for flute, which Noteworthy Sheet Music is pleased to make available to the broader flute community.  Our edition includes composer biographies and performance notes, as well as the scores.  Click to preview a page of one of the scores.

    Scores, 39 pages of music; Total, 64 pages.

    To purchase the PDF, please use the Contact Us form to place your order. We will send you a PayPal invoice for the $21.95 sale and, once we receive notice from PayPal that you have submitted payment, we will email you the Snow Pond Anthology PDF.

    Awarded 2018: Congratulations to composer Edward Jacobs on being awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

    Peter H. Bloom gave a lecture on “Effective Writing for Flutes and the Contemporary Flutist” at the 2018 Snow Pond Composers Workshop.  In his presentation, Mr. Bloom discussed various topics using four contemporary works published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, including Amuse-Bouche and Soliloquy III, as examples.  We later published a free text version of this excellent presentation on our website, in the Reviews and Articles section, including some of the audio clips and supplemental written materials that Mr. Bloom used as demonstrations.

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  • Schubert – Der Hirt auf dem Felsen – Alto Flute (voice trans.)

    Schubert Der-Hirt vo-to-afl nsmDer Hirt auf dem Felsen, Op.129, by F. Schubert 

    Voice Part Transcribed for Alto Flute in G by Carol A. Vater

    Alto Flute Part, PDF $5.99

    NSM published Peter H. Bloom's alto flute transcription of the clarinet obbligato from Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock in 2012. Please find information about that publication in our article for that edition. Later we realized that the voice part, which I have performed on flute in a flute/clarinet/piano group, would work much better when played on alto flute. So we created a transcription of the vocal part for alto flute. This alto flute transcription is to be played in an entirely instrumental version of Der Hirt auf dem Felsen for alto flute, clarinet (or alto flute), and piano, which as noted by Mr. Bloom, is "an ideal didactical vehicle for coaching the developing flutist in the art of rhetorical performance as well as a splendid concert/recital piece." Our alto flute transcription of the voice part is a simple transposition requiring no octave changes; the part falls naturally and beautifully within the alto flute range. The clarinet part and piano score are freely available at IMSLP.org.

  • Scriabin - Romance - Transcribed for Clarinet, Flute, or Alto Flute

    ScriabinRomance, by Alexander Scriabin

    Transcribed for Clarinet or Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J. W. Pratt

    Parts, PDF $0.00

    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), the mystic Russian composer with music to match, wrote nine mind-bending orchestral works and myriad mostly miniature piano pieces. He began as a "Russian Chopin" and ended planning a week-long "Mysterium" to be performed in the Himalayas using "an orchestra, a large mixed choir, an instrument with visual effects, dancers, a procession, incense, and... mists and lights" (Wikipedia).

    The Romance of 1890, his only chamber work except one variation for string quartet, is nearer the Chopin end of that spectrum, though the piano part adds harmonic and rhythmic complexities not evident from the solo part alone.

    - John W. Pratt, Jan. 19, 2016

    Please click on the links to download your free PDFs:

    Transcription for clarinet required no changes of pitch.  Scriabin - Romance - Clarinet

    The transcription for flute is raised an octave, except the last five measures.  Scriabin - Romance - Flute

    The transcription for alto flute raises MM21-24 and MM36-48 an octave.  Scriabin - Romance - Alto Flute

    The piano score is freely available on IMSLP.org.

    Scriabin image courtesy of Wikimedia.org, PD-old.

  • Bridge – 4 Short Pieces – Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano)

    Bridge 4-Short-Pieces Fl-or-Afl nsm4 Short Pieces, by Frank Bridge

    Transcribed for Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J.W.Pratt

    Flute Part, Alto Part, PDF $8.99


    The 4 Short Pieces by Frank Bridge were written for violin and piano, and first published in 1912. As noted in John Pratt's foreword to the edition, they "provide a fine and delightful introduction to an accessible post-romantic composer who should be better known."  The pieces are "Meditation", "Spring Song", "Lullaby", and "Country Dance".  Mr. Pratt has created transcriptions of the violin parts for both flute and alto flute, and we include both instrument versions in this edition. We think Nos. 1 and 3 sound particularly nice on the alto flute and No. 4 is a splendid romp on the C flute, but all four are effective on either instrument, so we prefer to let our flutists decide on which instrument they choose to play each piece. We provide only our flute and alto flute transcriptions; the piano score, including the original violin part, is available as a free pdf download at imslp.org.

    Flute part, 5 pages; Alto Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 14 pages.



  • Bridge – 4 More Short Pieces – Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano)

    Bridge 4-More-Short-Pieces nsmCradle Song, Gondoliera, Mélodie, and Elégie, by Frank Bridge

    Transcribed for Flute or Alto Flute (and Piano) by J. W. Pratt
    Flute Part, Alto Part, PDF $11.99
    Like the 4 Short Pieces for Violin and Pianoforte published in transcription by Noteworthy Sheet Music earlier this year, these additional four short pieces by Bridge "provide a fine and delightful introduction to an accessible post-romantic composer who should be better known." Published by Bridge between 1903 and 1911, the works included in our second edition are transcriptions of Cradle Song, written for violin or cello and piano, Gondoliera for violin and piano, and Mélodie and Elégie for cello and piano. Mr. Pratt has created transcriptions of all four pieces for both flute and alto flute, and we include both instrument versions in this combined edition. We think Cradle Song and Elégie are particularly beautiful on the alto flute, but all are effective on either instrument, so we prefer to let our flutists decide on which instrument they choose to play each piece. We provide our flute and alto flute parts only; the original piano scores work well with our transcriptions and are available, along with the violin and cello parts, as free pdf downloads at imslp.org—click the links to access the scores for Cradle Song, Gondoliera, Mélodie, and Elégie.
    Flute part, 6 pages; Alto Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 14 pages.