Flute repertory is the general term for pieces composed for flute (particularly Western concert flute). The following lists are not intended to be complete, but rather to present a representative sampling of the most commonly played and well-known works in the genre. The lists also do not generally include works originally written for other instruments and subsequently transcribed, adapted, or arranged for flute, unless such piece is very common in the repertory, in which case it is listed with its original instrumentation noted.
Adieu, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn
Balance, Seventh Hour from Klang, for flute, cor anglais, and bass clarinet.
Der Kinderfänger, for alto flute with piccolo, children's choir, modern orchestra, basset-horn, for alto flute with piccolo, 2 synthesizer players, percussionist, tape, sound projectionist, or as solo for alto flute with piccolo and tape
Pulled from the Symphonic Orchestral literature, "Orchestral Excerpts" contain major solos or technical passages for the flute (and piccolo). These are compliled into lists by orchestras when posting a vacancy for the performer to play in order to obtain a job as an orchestral flute player.
John Wummer, Orchestral Excerpts from the Symphonic Repertoire, Volumes I–IX, published by International Music Company. This nine-volume 1967 collection contains some 500 pages of flute music, comprising the distinctive flute parts from the majority of the most frequently performed concert pieces to that date.
Jeanne Baxtresser (with piano reductions by Martha Rearick), Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment, published by Theodore Presser Company. Although containing many of the same excerpts as the Wummer collection, Ms. Baxtresser's more modern collection is enhanced by her own commentary on the material and use of the original parts [not re-engraved parts]. Also available is a recording by Baxtresser discussing and performing the excerpts.
James J. Pellerite, A Handbook of Literature for the Flute, Zalo Publications, ISBN 0-931200-69-5. All major pieces up to 1978 are listed, with author's personal difficulty gradings and short descriptions.
Toff, Nancy (1996). The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers. Oxford University Press.
John Solum, ed. (1993) The NFA 20-th Anniversary Anthology of American Flute Music Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-385875-4