Flute repertoire

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Flute repertoire 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.

Flute alone[edit]

Solo flute with piano[edit]

Pieces with an "(O)" originally for flute and orchestra. Opus numbers omitted unless necessary for identification.

Flute and other instruments[edit]

  • Samuel Barber: Summer Music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
  • Rob du Bois:
    • Because Going Nowhere Takes a Long Time, for medium voice, flute, and piano (text by Kenneth Patchen) (1967)
    • Enigma, for flute, bass clarinet, percussion, and piano (1969)
    • His Flow of Spirits Is Something Wonderful: Cheerful Music, for flute, bass clarinet, and piano (1979)
    • Night Music, for flute, viola, and guitar (1967)
    • Pastorale II, for recorder, flute, and guitar (1963–69)
    • Per due, for flute and harp (1968)
    • Pour faire chanter la polonaise, for flute, soprano, and 3 pianos (1965)
    • Sinfonia da camera, for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon and 4 horns (1980)
    • Stukken (2) (Two Pieces), for flute, oboe, and cello (1962)
    • Symphorine, for flute and string trio (1987)
    • Thalatta, Thalatta, for four bass flutes (1987)
    • Words, for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, and piano (1966)
    • Trio for flute, oboe, and clarinet (1961)
  • Pierre Boulez:
    • …explosante-fixe…, various configurations with flute and other instruments (1971–72, 1973–74, 1985, 1991–93)
    • Le marteau sans maître for contralto voice, alto flute, viola, guitar, xylorimba, vibraphone, and percussion
  • Howard J. Buss: Fantasia for flute, clarinet and piano (1988)
    • Constellations for flute, piano, and percussion (2015)
    • Cosmic Portraits in versions for flute, clarinet, alto sax and tenor sax; and for woodwind quartet (2009)
    • Glacial Vistas for flute, clarinet and one percussion (2013)
    • Into Each Life for flute, cello, piano, and one percussion (1997)
    • Modern Times for narrator, flute, and four percussion (1995)
    • Mysterious Exit for flute and four percussion (1993)
    • Night Flight for flute, clarinet, and piano (1999)
    • Ocean Moods for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello (2014)
    • Remembrances for flute, cello, and piano (2000)
    • Romance and Caprice for flute (double on piccolo), alto flute, and piano (2004)
    • Saint Francis and the Animals for flute, clarinet, and harp (2013)
    • Tennessee Suite for flute, viola and piano (2001)
    • Turbulent Times for flute, oboe and bassoon (2009)
    • Two Caprices for flute, oboe, and marimba (2007)
    • Where Now Rusts the Iron? for high voice, flute, cello and six percussion (1994)
  • Carlos Chávez
    • Soli II for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn
    • Xochipilli, for piccolo, flute, E-flat clarinet, trombone, and six percussionists
  • Claude Debussy
    • Music for Chansons de Bilitis for two flutes, two harps, and celesta
    • Sonata for harp, flute, and viola
  • Miguel del Aguila
    • Malambo for flute and piano, piccolo and piano, flute and strings
    • Submerged for flute, viola and harp
    • Seducción for flute, clarinet and piano
    • Wind Quintet No.2 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
    • Wind Quintet No.3 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
  • George Enescu:
Decet for two flutes, oboe, cor anglais, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns
  • Gabriel Faure: Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
  • Rolf Gehlhaar: Grand Unified Theory of Everything, for alto/bass flute, alto/bass clarinet and piano (1992)
  • Philip Glass: Piece in the Shape of a Square for Two Flutes, for flute and ensemble
  • Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 36, Op. 312, for flute and orchestra (1978)
  • André Jolivet: Pastorales de Noël, for flute, bassoon, and harp
  • Sophie Lacaze:
    • Broken Words, for flute, violin, viola and cello (2000)
    • Au milieu de la plaine for flute and harp (2015)
    • And Earth moves away for flute quartet (2018)
    • Ntau for flute, clarinet, piano and percussions (2018)
    • Estampes for flute quartet (2012)
    • Souffles for four flautists (2 zamponias, 2 bajones, 3 Boehm flutes) (2010)
  • Lowell Liebermann:
    • Air for flute and organ Op.106 (2008)
    • Night Music for flute, clarinet and piano Op. 109 (2009)
    • Trio No. 1 for flute, cello and piano Op. 83 (2002)
    • Trio No. 2 for flute, cello and piano Op. 87 (2004)
    • Sonata for flute and guitar Op.25 (1988)
    • Sonata for flute and harp Op.56 (1996)
  • Peter Machajdik: Danube Afterpoint, for piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, two pianos and string quartet (2015)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, K. 299 (1778)
  • Lior Navok: Mysterious Pond for flute, oboe, and piano
  • Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn
  • Henri Pousseur: Madrigal II for four early instruments (flute, violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord) (1961)
  • Behzad Ranjbaran
    • Fountains of Fin for flute, violin, and cello
    • Pastorale for 3 flutes in C (2009)
  • Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint, for amplified flute and tape
  • Laura Schwendinger:
    • "High Wire Act", for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2005)
    • "About a Mountain", for Flute and Mezzo Soprano (2011)
    • "Constellations", for Flute and Percussion (2012)
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • John Serry Sr.:
    • African Bolero, for flute and accordion (1950) [5]
    • La Culebra, for flute and accordion (1950) [6]
  • Eric Sessler: Hammerhead for flute and guitar (2006)
  • Alexander Shchetynsky: Introspection for flute and harpsichord
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • 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
    • Kathinkas Gesang als Luzifers Requiem, for flute and six percussionists, for flute and electronic music, or for flute and three pianos
    • Kontra-Punkte, for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, harp, piano, violin, and cello
    • Licht-Bilder, for ring-modulated flute, bassett horn, ting-modulated trumpet, tenor, and synthesizer
    • Orchester-Finalisten for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, with electronic and concrete music
    • Paradies, Twenty-first Hour from Klang, for flute and electronic music
    • Quitt, for alto flute, trumpet, and bass clarinet
    • Schönheit, Sixth Hour from Klang, for flute, bass clarinet, and trumpet
    • Sukat, for alto flute and basset horn
    • Zeitmaße, for flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, and bassoon
  • Ananda Sukarlan:
    • "Vega and Altair" (2012), a suite for flute, violin, cello and harp
    • Chamber Symphony no. 1 (2014) and no. 2 (2015), each for 10 instruments
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Paris quartets (12) for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) and continuo (1730 and 1738)
  • Edgard VarèseOctandre for piccolo/flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and double bass
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    • Assobio a Jato for flute and cello
    • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for flute and bassoon
    • Chôros No. 2 for flute and clarinet
    • Chôros No. 7 for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, violin, and cello (with tam-tam, ad lib.)
    • Nonet for flute (doubling piccolo), oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone (doubling baritone saxophone), bassoon, harp, celesta, piano, and percussion battery (requiring at least two players), as well as a SAATBarB mixed choir.
    • Quinteto (em forma de chôros) for flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, and bassoon

Orchestral excerpts[edit]

Pulled from the symphonic orchestral literature, "orchestral excerpts" contain major solos or technical passages for the flute (and piccolo). These are compiled 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.

Famous excerpts: flute (and piccolo)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jean-Pierre Rampal performance using 1869 Louis Lot gold flute
  2. ^ http://library.juilliard.edu/search/o937406214
  3. ^ http://library.juilliard.edu/search/o937406215
  4. ^ Esti Rofe performance
  5. ^ The Library of Congress Copyright Office, African Bolero, Composer: John Serry Sr., March 7, 1951, Copyright # EU233725
  6. ^ The Library of Congress Copyright Office, La Culebra, Composer: John Serry Sr., March 7, 1951, Copyright # EU233726


  • 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 20th Anniversary Anthology of American Flute Music Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-385875-4

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