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  • Robichaux Recurrence nsmRecurrence, by Ben Robichaux

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $12.99

    NSM welcomed composer Ben Robichaux as a new contributor to our catalog in early June, 2017, when we published his piece Recurrence for flute and piano.  For details of Mr. Robichaux's background, interests, and other works, please click the link to access the Composers section of the NSM website.

    Recurrence was written for the composer's friend Michael Lyons.  As outlined in the program notes, the "duet is framed in a traditional rondo form: ABACA. The returns of the A theme are never literal returns and repeated materials among the differing sections are never identical repetitions. These returns of A are the inspiration for the title, and the re-occurrence of the A material is a study on the lengths that a theme can be stretched and still be recognizable. The returns undergo extensive development. The B and C sections are meant to be extreme contrasts to the A sections as a means of cleansing the aural palate in order to erase the listener's memory of the theme. Despite the great lengths taken to blur the primary theme, its recognizability is undeniable. The closing section is a reflection on the basic differences among the three occurrences of the main theme. This final section is a summation of the processes that have previously been blurred by the contrasting sections of the piece. Ultimately the form portrays a futile fight that concludes with a peaceful resignation to the inevitable."

    mp3 iconThe premiere of Recurrence took place in July, 2017, with Kenneth Cox (flute) and Bronwyn Schuman (piano).  The performance was recorded by audio engineer Charles Hagaman; a sample can be heard by clicking the mp3 icon. 

    The cover artwork for our publication was created by Scoop Brancisco, used with permission.

    Piano score, 10 pages; Flute part, 3 pages; Total, 15 pages.

  • saint-saens fantaisie nsm 245Fantaisie, Op.124, by Camille Saint-Saëns

    Transcribed for Flute (originally for violin) by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute Part, PDF $8.98

    The following excerpt is taken from Peter H. Bloom's foreword to the edition:

    "We flutists are always on the lookout for great repertoire to perform with harp, and the Fantaisie is a perfect gem to purloin from the violinists' repertoire.  The expressively romantic melodies, lush impressionistic sonorities, athletic intervals, diversity of articulation, variety of dynamics, and evocative exoticism are ideal for the flute.  The few problems of range are easily modified, customized, accommodated.   As a duo, the work features both instruments in equally prominent and demanding roles.  It's no surprise, then, that a number of flute transcriptions have been generated over the years.  My goal, in this current work, is to provide fellow flutists with a significantly fresh approach to the Fantaisie.

    Although a simplified adaptation of the Fantaisie is fairly straightforward, an arrangement that preserves the thrilling virtuosic intensity and rhetorical thrust of the work is another matter.   An accurate presentation of Saint-Saëns's aural palette is essential to an authentic performance of the Fantaisie, and methods of achieving dynamic balance and tonal color often differ between flute and violin.  The rhetorical nuances of articulation between the two instruments also require different approaches to achieve equivalent interpretations. The treatment of the violin pizzicato at measure 178, the elimination of articulation marks at measure 11, the inversions of double-stops/tremolos at measure 43-44 and 77-86, and the octave transposition from measure 184-194 exemplify these accommodations.

    Violin double-stops present a conundrum.   Technically impossible on the flute, double-stops are often reduced to a single line.  The lower part is simply excised. But discarding the sonic complexity and virtuosic gesture of Saint-Saëns's parallel voicing dilutes the music and belies the composer's dramatic intentions.   I've suggested double-stops be executed, on the flute, as tremolos.  They're somewhat challenging but not impossible.   Consider that the tremolo, as a virtuoso flute technique, was perhaps more popular during the composer's lifetime than in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

    Changes to the original violin part are made, here, with the intention of conserving the composer's ingenious creation.  After a decade of study, experimentation, adjustment, and performance of this work, I've settled on a transcription for flute that conveys, with integrity, the musical spirit of the original orchestration."

    P. H. Bloom, May 11, 2013 ©

    mp3 iconClick the icon to listen to a portion of the Saint-Saëns's Fantaisie performed by the duo "2", Peter H. Bloom on flute and Mary Jane Rupert on harp.  Or watch part of a performance video on YouTube

     

    Fantaisie, Op.124 was written originally for violin and harp.  We provide the Fantaisie flute part transcribed by P. H. Bloom - click here to preview p1.  The harp part is available as a free PDF download from online libraries of public domain music, such as imslp.org.

    Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 12 pages.

     

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    We also offer a professionally-printed hard copy edition of Fantaisie, Op.124 by Saint-Saëns, transcribed for Flute for $14.99 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA.  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.

  • Samolis.Canal.Cover.webCanal, by Matt Samolis

    Contemporary Composition for Soprano and Flute, PDF $13.95

    Matt Samolis began studying flute, then later composition and tenor banjo. He has worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, and Tufts University, as well as Open Hand Theatre, Pilgrim Research Collaborative, and numerous other projects.  Currently, his primary focus is composition, curating, and performing as a flutist with various local groups, as well as his drone alliance, The Metal & Glass Ensemble.

    Canal is written in a free, self referential style, and uses the text of Roy Campbell's poem of the same name, written in 1920.  Despite the somber text, the mood is idyllic and somewhat reminiscent of the contemporary musical language in use at that time.  Each player also has a brief ad lib section, where they can interpret the material as they choose.  Click to preview p1 of the score

    Click to listen to two snippets of an audio recording of Canal, performed by soprano Noell Dorsey and composer/flutist Matt Samolis:    mp3 icon Canal Owlseyes     mp3 icon Canal Whiteflame

    Or listen to the full recording on Matt's website.

    Score for Soprano and Flute, 5 pages; Total, 7 pages.

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  • samolis.duo.imageDuo for Two Flutes, by Matt Samolis

    Contemporary Composition for Two Flutes, PDF $17.99

    Duo for Two Flutes was written using twelve tone techniques.  The original tone row was divided in half, with each set of six tones being used to generate one of the flute parts.  Frequently changing time signatures reflect compositional organization of the pitches, and does not establish meter.  The piece has a playful, somewhat mechanical feel.  Click to preview p1 of the score. samolis-web To listen to bits of a recording of Duo for Two Flutes performed by Matt Samolis and Peter H. Bloom, click on the icons below.

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    Score for Two Flutes, 8 pages; Total, 11 pages.

  • sarasate op.22 image 240pxRomanza Andaluza, by Pablo de Sarasate

    Transcribed for Flute (originally for violin) by Peter H. Bloom

    Flute Part, PDF $6.66

    'Pablo Sarasate was one of those rare violin virtuosos whose compositions, while designed to display instrumental athleticism, also expressed elegance, economy, imagination, a suave sensuality, and musical integrity.  His music befits the sort of technique that, although acrobatic, is captivating rather than assaultive; evocative rather than provocative.  It's with this spirit—to amuse, amaze, and engage the audience while providing a satisfying challenge to the performer—that I've adapted his Romanza Andaluza for flute.

    Sarasate frequently used the musical material of folk songs and dances from his native Spain as a framework for his pieces.  With the melody prescribed, the harmonies implied, and the style both familiar and exotic, he would paraphrase, embellish, and interpret as if to say "with the violin, we can do this..."  Inspired by his source material, his methods, and his style, I propose that: With the flute, then, we can do this...' ― Peter H. Bloom, June 23, 2012 ©

    Romanza Andaluza, Op.22 was written originally for violin and piano.  Editions of the piano score (click to access) are available as free PDF downloads from online libraries of public domain music, such as imslp.org.  We provide the Flute part - click here to preview p1.

    Flute part, 4 pages; Total, 6 pages.

  • Simeon_Loring_photoDeath and the Maiden, Op.95, by Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Woodwind Quintet by Simeon Loring

     

    Simeon Loring is a retired professor of music at CUNY (City University of New York). He played for many years with the Goldman Band and also served as conductor. He is now essentially a chamber music player, and is the clarinetist in the L'Amore della Musica woodwind quintet. He has been a member of the Amato Opera and is on the Board of Directors of the Amore Opera in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and is the music director of the Stockbridge Sinfonia in Massachusetts.

    Mr. Loring has arranged music for various ensembles over the years. Regarding his arrangement of Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minorfor woodwind quintet he writes: "Schubert's Death and the Maiden is one of the great masterworks of the Romantic Era.  I have attempted to keep the pathos and beauty while changing the instrumentation.  We woodwind players need the opportunity to experience the sublime beauty of this work."  Click to preview p1 of the score.

    The arranger has provided his piece as four independent movements which may be purchased separately; each movement contains the score and parts for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.  Alternatively, the piece may be downloaded as a complete edition, which contains the score and parts for all four movements combined into a single pdf.   

    Complete Edition (Movements 1-4), Score & Parts, 296 pages, PDF $60.00

     

    1st Movement, Score & Parts, 96 pages, PDF $29.95

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    2nd Movement, Score & Parts, 51 pages, PDF $16.95 

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    3rd Movement, Score & Parts, 41 pages, PDF $16.95

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    4th Movement, Score & Parts, PDF 120 pages, $29.95

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  • Schubert Erlking Trio nsmErlkönig, Franz Schubert

    Arranged for Flute, Cello, and Piano by John W. Pratt

    Piano Score and Parts for Flute and Cello; PDF $11.99

    Franz 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. Numerous transcriptions have been prepared, but surprisingly none that we found for flute, cello, and piano. John Pratt has created such a trio arrangement, listed here, and also a duet version of the piece with Schubert's solo part adopted without change but with a less punishing alternative to Schubert's piano accompaniment.

    Excerpted from Mr. Pratt's © preface:
    "In the trio arrangement, the flute provides a natural voice for the child and for the mysterious Erlking, whose words are in the child's head. The cello makes a natural father. The narration is mostly given to the cello also, but the flute takes over when the child is mentioned in bars MM 24-30, and joins the cello when the ride is ending in anguish and distress (MM 139-145). The piano is treated as a member of a trio rather than an accompaniment to a voice singing words. The presence of the cello helps free the piano from the constant pounding and allows it to employ a wider range of expressive sonorities than Schubert's, befitting the absence of words. One might view the result as a kind of tone poem."

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

    Piano score, 8 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Cello part, 2 pages; Total, 20 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 Usform 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.

  • 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.

  • Slawinski.DessertRounds nsm5 Dessert Rounds, by Zenon Slawinski

    Contemporary Composition for Two Flutes

    Score, PDF $4.99

    Excerpts from the preface to the edition by Zenon Slawinski:

    In most classic rounds the second voice begins and plays (or sings) the same melody as the first voice. That's the case here too for three of the five Dessert Rounds. Rounds 3 and 4 are different. In Round 3 - The Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie - the second voice plays the same melody but a third higher. In Round 4 - Sweet Potato Flan - the second voice plays the melody a 4th higher. // The Dessert Rounds are relatively simple and should not pose any difficulties for most intermediate players, although there are some tricky meter changes in Round 2 - Chocolate Mint Ice Dream - if you practice this slowly you'll soon be able to get past the meter changes and simply enjoy your dessert. // Round 4 - Sweet Potato Flan - is written in 7/4. // I purposely left off many performance markings so the players can make their own mark on the compositions. Interpret these pieces freely and have fun.

    Zenon Slawinski, September 12, 2014

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    Click to listen to a few audio samples of the Dessert Rounds:

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    Score for two flutes, 6 pages; Total, 10 pages.

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    We are offering one of Zenon Slawinski's 5 Dessert Rounds for free. Click to download the free PDF for Dessert Round #2, Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.

  • slawinski bagette no.4 nsmBagette no. 4, by Zenon Slawinski

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $16.99

    Zenon Slawinski studied music theory and composition at the University of Michigan with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and William Albright. He also studied Campanology with Hudson Ladd. After graduating with honors he pursued a career in both music and graphic design. Mr. Slawinski was co-music director for the Peabody and Ohio State award winning Children's Radio Theatre program, and scored numerous independent and industrial films and films for the Smithsonian Institution that aired at Smithsonian museums and on PBS. He wrote the music to the popular political talk show The John McLaughlin Group. Mr. Slawinski was a founding partner of a multimedia production company and recording studio working in the early interactive days on educational and entertainment music projects in the CDi and CD-ROM formats, many of which won numerous awards. For more details of Zenon Slawinski's biography, please see the Composers section of the NSM website.

    Bagette no. 4 is from a set of four Bagettes written by Zenon Slawinski for his flutist wife, for the two of them to play together. The piece showcases the flute and has challenging moments for both players throughout. The spelling of "bagette" is intentional. The piece opens and closes with a quick ostinato in ¾ in the piano part that lays the foundation for the feel of the entire Bagette. The second section is more pensive and contemplative, with the piano taking the lead initially. The next section is bold and in a new key - B major - and here the flute and piano engage in a playful interaction. The composer intends for the players to put their own spin on the piece and interpret the music freely.

    Click to preview a page of the flute & piano Score for Zenon Slawinski's Bagette no. 4.

    You may also listen to audio of the piece, recorded on the composer's Yamaha MOTIF ES with the sampled piano and flute sounds found in the instrument.  Click to listen

    Customers who purchase the sheet music to Bagette no. 4 are entitled to a free rehearsal mp3 of the piano track with which the flutist can play along.

    US customers may purchase professionally-printed hard copies of Bagette no. 4 directly from Noteworthy Sheet Music for $28.95 plus shipping and handling. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know which edition(s) you would like to purchase, along with your contact information and your USPO mailing address.

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    Piano score, 15 pages; Flute part, 7 pages; Total, 26 pages.

     

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    Slawinski Cookies nsmCookies, by Zenon Slawinski 

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Piano

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $24.50

    From the preface by Zenon Slawinski:

    The Cookies came about because my wife and I had been exploring the various compositions and arrangements available for flute and piano and I felt that we needed something new for our time and our audience. We live in a constantly changing world yet we love to hang our hat on the past, especially when it comes to music.  I wanted to create a set of pieces that would not only be enjoyable for the listener but provide the players with a high level of satisfaction.

    These pieces range in difficulty from the rather simple and easy to play (Cookies 1, 2, 4, 7), to the intermediate (Cookies 5, 8, 9, 11), and to the more challenging (Cookies 3, 6, 10, 12).

    A special note about Cookie No. 5.  This piece was influenced by the Jazz tunes in the popular series of Real Books which follow a common practice in today's "chart" or "lead sheets" where the melody line is written out and chords are marked for the accompaniment to play.  This gives a lot of freedom initially to the piano.  As the flutists becomes more familiar with their part, I would encourage them to get off the page and try some of their own lines.

    I purposely gave few performance markings so that players can create their own.  Interpret these freely and have fun.

    Zenon Slawinski, September 17, 2014

    You may listen to some short audio samples of the Cookies, recorded on the composer’s Yamaha MOTIF ES with the sampled piano and flute sounds found in the instrument.

    Cookie 1 mp3

    Cookie 2 mp3

    Cookie 3 mp3

    Cookie 4 mp3

    Cookie 5 mp3

    Cookie 6 mp3

    Cookie 7 mp3

    Cookie 8 mp3

    Cookie 9 mp3

    Cookie 10 mp3

    Cookie 11 mp3

    Cookie 12 mp3

    Customers who purchase the sheet music to Cookies are entitled to free rehearsal mp3’s of the piano tracks with which the flutist may play along.

    Cookie 9 is a flute solo; the piano is tacet.

    Cookies 1 to 12, complete edition: Piano score, 60 pages; Flute part, 21 pages; Total, 84 pages, PDF Price $24.50.

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    For those who would prefer to buy a subset of the Cookies, rather than all 12, we offer three smaller editions:

    Cookies 1,2,4,7: Piano Score, 15 pages; Flute part, 5 pages; Total 24 pages; PDF Price $9.45

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    Cookies 5,8,9,11: Piano Score, 15 pages; Flute part, 7 pages; Total 28 pages; PDF Price $9.45

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    Cookies 3,6,10,12: Piano Score, 30 pages; Flute part, 9 pages; Total 42 pages; PDF Price $18.90

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  • 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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  • tchaikovsky.nutcracker flhp nsmThe Nutcracker, by P. Tchaikovsky

    Arranged for Flute and Harp by Mary Jane Rupert

    Flute Part and Harp Score, PDF $17.95 (also available as individual pieces)

    Mary Jane Rupert, pianist and harpist, has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in many groups in the Boston area throughout the past three decades.   She has toured the United States, Thailand, and New Zealand as a member of the duo "2" with flutist Peter Bloom, and performed with such other groups as the Southcoast Chamber Players, Musica Sacra, the Cecilia Society, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.   Educated at Oberlin College and Indiana University, Ms. Rupert earned a B.M. in piano, M.M. degrees in both harp and piano, and a doctorate in piano performance.  Having taught at Western Michigan University, Oberlin College, and Wellesley College, she now maintains a private studio for both piano and harp in Cambridge, MA.

    Dr. Rupert's superb arrangement of The Nutcracker for flute and harp includes all of the pieces from the original Suite Op.71a from the ballet by Tchaikovsky, except the Overture. Originally published in 1988 by New Boston Editions, the arrangement has been re-edited by Dr. Rupert and re-notated by NSM for this new edition, which is available as a PDF download.  Professionals, students, and amateur musicians should all find uses for these popular pieces—as encores, recital pieces, and as part of the repertoire for more informal musical occasions.

    Cynthia Price-Glynn, Principal Harp of the Boston Ballet and Chair of the Harp Department at the Boston Conservatory writes: "Mary Jane Rupert has done a masterful job of capturing the mood, attitude, and even humor of these pieces that are recognizable all year round.  Her partnering of the two instruments actually mirrors the color and nuances of the original orchestration."  Read the full review here.

    Jan Jennings writes in The Harp Column: "Dr. Rupert uses enharmonics to play repeated notes cleanly and adds some p.d.l.t. sections for variety in "March." "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is a charming arrangement with the harp harmonizing with the flute in sixths. The harp is featured in measures 32-36 and brings to mind the original orchestration. "Trepak (Russian Dance)," "Arab Dance" and "Chinese Dance" are all pretty readily playable. "Dance of the Reed Flutes" is more challenging and the harp harmonizes with the flute in thirds. The signature piece of the suite is, of course, "Waltz of the Flowers" and includes the cadenza." Read the full review on The Harp Column website.

    Click to preview a page of Dr. Rupert's Flute & Harp Score for The Nutcracker.

     

    Complete Edition: Harp score, 44 pages; Flute part, 14 pages; Total, 64 pages. $17.95

     

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    For anyone wishing to purchase individual pieces of Mary Jane Rupert's arrangement of The Nutcracker for flute and harp, rather than the entire suite, we also offer the seven pieces as separate PDF's.  Just click on the Buy Now! button below the specific listing:

     

    Arab Dance: Harp score, 6 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 9 pages. $7.99

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    Chinese Dance: Harp score, 4 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. $5.99

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    Dance of the Reed Flutes: Harp score, 4 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 10 pages. $5.99

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    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Harp score, 3 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. $4.99

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    March: Harp score, 4 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. $5.99

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    Trepak (Russian Dance): Harp score, 5 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 12 pages. $6.99

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    Waltz of the Flowers: Harp score, 18 pages; Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 28 pages. $10.99

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    We also offer a professionally-printed hard copy of the complete editionof The Nutcrackerby Tchaikovsky, arranged for Flute and Harp for $33.33 plus a $5.95 shipping and handling fee to addresses in the USA.  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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    tchaikovsky nutcracker nsmThe Nutcracker, by P. Tchaikovsky

    Arranged for Flute and Piano by Mary Jane Rupert

    Flute Part and Piano Score, Complete PDF $17.95 (also available as individual pieces)

    Mary Jane Rupert, pianist and harpist, has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in many groups in the Boston area throughout the past three decades.   She has toured the United States, Thailand, and New Zealand as a member of the duo "2" with flutist Peter Bloom, and performed with such other groups as the Southcoast Chamber Players, Musica Sacra, the Cecilia Society, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  Educated at Oberlin College and Indiana University, Dr. Rupert earned a B.M. in piano, M.M. degrees in both harp and piano, and a doctorate in piano performance.  Having taught at Western Michigan University, Oberlin College, and Wellesley College, she now maintains a private studio for both piano and harp in Cambridge, MA.rupert caption jpg

    Dr. Rupert's superb arrangement of The Nutcracker for flute and piano includes all of the pieces from the original Suite Op.71a from the ballet by Tchaikovsky, except the Overture.   Professionals, students, and amateur musicians should all find uses for these popular pieces—as encores, recital pieces, and as part of the repertoire for more informal musical occasions.  Read a review of the arrangement by John Ranck that was published in The Flute View.

    Click to preview a page of Dr. Rupert's Flute & Piano Score for The Nutcracker.

    Listen to audio excerpts of mp3 iconChinese Dance and mp3 iconTrepak performed by Peter H. Bloom and Mary Jane Rupert.

    Complete Edition: Piano score, 44 pages; Flute part, 14 pages; Total, 64 pages (please print double-sided). PDF $17.95

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    For anyone wishing to purchase individual pieces of Mary Jane Rupert's arrangement of The Nutcracker for flute and piano, rather than the entire suite, we also offer the seven pieces as separate PDF's. Just click on the Buy Now or Add to Cart button below the listing:

     

    Arab Dance: Piano score, 6 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 9 pages. PDF $7.99

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    Chinese Dance: Piano score, 4 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. PDF $5.99

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    Dance of the Reed Flutes: Piano score, 4 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 10 pages. PDF $5.99

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    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Piano score, 3 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. PDF $4.99

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    March: Piano score, 4 pages; Flute part, 1 page; Total, 7 pages. PDF $5.99

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    Trepak (Russian Dance): Piano score, 5 pages; Flute part, 2 pages; Total, 12 pages. PDF $6.99

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    Waltz of the Flowers: Piano score, 18 pages; Flute part, 6 pages; Total, 28 pages. PDF $10.99

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  • Jean_louis_tulouIntroduction et Rondo pour la Flûte, Op.49, by Tulou

    Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Noteworthy Sheet Music

    Flute Part and Piano Score, PDF $12.75

    Jean-Louis Tulou (1786-1865) was a prominent, virtuoso French flutist, composer, and flute maker. He was a member of the orchestra of the Paris Opéra, and served as professor of flute at the Paris Conservatoire from 1829-1856. Tulou composed a great many works for flute, including 5 concertos and numerous solos and duets. In 1835 he published his "Méthode de Flûte", still valuable today as a guide to performance practice in the early 19th century and for instruction on playing pre-Boehm keyed flutes. We offer here our facsimile edition of Tulou's Introduction et Rondo pour la Flûte avec Accompagnement de Piano (Op.49), an energetic, enjoyable romp for flute.

    Piano score, 12 pages; Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 21 pages.


     

  • Cover We-Gather-Together WW5 NSMWe Gather Together, by Adrianus Valerius

    Arranged for Woodwind Quintet by John W. Pratt
    Score and Parts for Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, F Horn, and Bassoon; PDF $5.99

     

    Wilt heden nu treden, nowadays more commonly known as We Gather Together, is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin composed by Adrianus Valerius and first published in 1626 (imslp.org); it was later harmonized by Eduard Kremser (en.wikipedia.org).  In the United States, We Gather Together is the most popular song traditionally associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.  John Pratt has created an arrangement of We Gather Together for woodwind quintet that lends new excitement and interesting harmonies to this old favorite.  In his family, the tradition goes back as far as John Pratt (b. 1931) can remember, and when it fell to him to play all three stanzas at his family's annual gathering, he got interested in livening it up.  The opportunistic half-step modulations introduced to help amateur voices warm up also brighten successive stanzas for winds.  Our Noteworthy Sheet Music edition includes a score in concert pitch, as well as parts for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn in F, and bassoon.

    To listen to a computer-generated audio file of the WW5 arrangement, click the link.    

    Of course, the piece will sound much better live on real instruments.

    Note that for this publication, the parts should be printed one-sided since they are only one page each and we have not inserted blank filler pages.

    Score, 3 pages; Parts for Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, F Horn, and Bassoon, 1 page each; Total, 10 pages.

  • 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."

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

     

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  • Fantavia_Image_122011Fantavia, by Elizabeth Vercoe

    Contemporary Composition for Flute and Percussion, PDF $12

    Described by the New York Times as a piece with 'timbral adventures and lovely moments', Fantavia for flute and percussion is based on the rhythms and melodies of North American birdcalls.  Some of the calls are as familiar as the orioles and robins of a suburban back yard, while others like the common loon are recollected on awakening at dawn in the wilderness.  Although a literal transcription was the starting point for each call, the music is intended as a fantasy. Click to preview p1 of Elizabeth Vercoe's Fantavia score.


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    Fantavia has been performed at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, at Merkin Hall in New York, at the National Flute Convention in Colorado and on several U.S. tours of the Armstrong Duo. 

    vercoe fantavia cdThe Duo recorded Fantavia on a Centaur compact disc entitled “Exotic Chamber Music” in 1996.  Click to read a review published in the IAWM Journal

    Click on the icons to hear audio samples. 

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    Named by the Washington Post as 'one of the most inventive composers working in America today', Elizabeth Vercoe has had performances throughout the U.S. and abroad including: the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in Russia, the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, and the Pompidou Center in Paris as well as by the New York Virtuoso Singers and Boston Musica Viva.

    Score for flute and percussion, 14 pages; Total, 17 pages.

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  • to music cover imageTo Music, by Elizabeth Vercoe

    Contemporary Composition for Solo Flute, PDF $6.99

    Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe has been a composer at the St. Petersburg Music Festival in Russia, the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and the MacDowell Colony, and held the Acuff Chair of Excellence at Austin Peay State University in 2003. She has won many awards, commissions, and publications along with grants from the Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her music is recorded on the Centaur, Capstone, Owl, Leonarda, and Parma labels and is published in print edition by Arsis Press.  

    To Music (2003) is a short, atmospheric solo for flute in four contrasting sections.  At times the music is virtuosic, occasionally calling for multiphonics and other special effects. The titles of the four sections are taken from the haunting poetry of the Russian writer, Anna Akhmatova, a poet deeply interested in music.  

    Click to access a recording of To Music performed by flutist Peter H. Bloom in 2011 which has been posted on YouTube.

    To Music can also be heard on the PARMA Recordings all-Vercoe CDkleemation cdtitled Kleemation and Other Works byElizabeth Vercoe, which has received excellent critical reviews.  Click to read an IAWM Journal review Dr. Laura G. Kafka or one by Lee Passarella published by Audiophile Audition magazine.  "There's more poetic reference in To Music, the titles of whose four short sections are taken from Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's work.  Like the Fantasy, it successfully showcases the colors and techniques available to the modern practitioner of her instrument, in this case the flute."

    Flute part, 5 pages; Total, 8 pages.

     

     

    vercoe tomusic cd To Music was commissioned by flutist Lisa Vanarsdel and written for her and for the Laurels Flute Project.  The piece was premiered in 2005 by flutist Peter Bloom on the Quincy Library concert series in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 2009 Capstone Records issued a recording entitled "Points of Entry" (CP 8806, second volume of the Laurels Flute Project) with flutist Nancy Stagnitta performing To Music. 

    Listen to a bit of To Music:  mp3 icon mp3 tomusic

     

    The image on our sheet music cover page displayed above is of Nathan Altman's 1914 painting, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova.  Please note that this image, courtesy of Wikipedia, is public domain in the United States because it was first published before 1923 but it remains copyrighted in its source country.  By clicking on the Buy Now or Add to Cart button below, you may purchase an (otherwise identical) edition lacking this image on the cover page.

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  • vercoe1Woodwind Duos, by Elizabeth Vercoe

    Original Compositions for 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, or 2 Clarinets, $0.00 (free!)

    Elizabeth Vercoe's Duos for woodwinds are available as free downloads from the composer's own website at http://www.elizabethvercoe.com/.  Dr. Vercoe kindly offered to allow Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC to make these duets available from our website as well.

    The Duos, in versions for two flutes, two oboes, or two clarinets, are "fun and quite easy. They are suitable for intermediate students."

    Photo of Elizabeth Vercoe courtesy of Caroline Alden.

    Just click on the links below to download the Duos at no charge:

    Duo 1  for 2 flutesfor 2 oboesfor 2 clarinets

    Duo 2  for 2 flutesfor 2 oboesfor 2 clarinets

    Duo 3  for 2 flutesfor 2 oboesfor 2 clarinets

    Duo 4   for 2 flutesfor 2 oboesfor 2 clarinets

    Duo 5   for 2 flutesfor 2 oboes for 2 clarinets