As a professional flutist and blogger, I understand the importance of exploring new repertoire and expanding your musical horizons. When it comes to flute and percussion repertoire, there is a wealth of material to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just starting out, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know about this exciting and dynamic genre.
Flute and Percussion Repertoire List
Below is a list of some music composed for flute and percussion;
|Title||Composer||Instrumentation||Era of composition|
|An Extraordinary Correspondence…||N. Daughtrey||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|An Idyll for the Misbegotten||G. Crumb||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Arabesques||A. Hailstork||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Arctic Dreams I||C. Hatzis||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Ariadne||L. Harrison||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Azul||N. Daughtrey||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Canto a Chaak||Salvador Torre||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Caughty’ya Caccia, Caged Waltz||R. Holmes||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Constellations||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Dance of Black-Haired Mountain Storm||A. Hovhaness||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Dialogo||Yngve Jan Trede||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Distant Thunder||R. C. Vogel||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Dobléz||Salvador Torre||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Duettino Concertante||I. Dahl||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Duggan Theme||G. Farr||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Eclipse||F. Dentresangle||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Epigrams||J. Heiss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Estratos||P. Barboza||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Fantasia Concertante||S. Brotons||flute & Marimba-Vibraphone||Modern|
|First Concerto||L. Harrison||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Fisticuffs||N. Chamberlain||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Five Fantasies of Natural Origin||D. R. Gillingham||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Flute and Bongos No. 2||A. Wilder||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Flute Restaurant||Y. Ito||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Flutings for Paula||L. Kirchner||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Four New England Poems||A. Holland||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Hic Jacet||Sonia García Carbonell||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|In a Jolly Mood||E. Kopetzki||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Isle of Skye||M. Iorio||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Kaleidoscope||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Kembang Suling||G. Farr||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Kembang Suling||G. Farr||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Le Tour de Danse||A. J. King||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Little Match Girl||B. Abugana||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|MAinstreAM||D. Ernst||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Modern Times||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Mysterious Exit||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|On the resonance of the fog||Marco Buongiorno Nardelli||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Pantomimes||J-M. Damase||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Progressions||H. Farberman||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Rituals||A. Chan||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Rizoma||Salvador Torre||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Salone del Astor||L. A. de Lise||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Scenes from the Holy Land||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Shifting Light||L. Glassock||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Silent Flower||Daiki Kato||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Sky Blossoms||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Solitude & Transformation||Michel Allard||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Spiegelungen a 2 [Reflections a 2]||S. Fink||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Spirit Dance||M. Bliss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Spirit Dance||G. Instrall||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Striae||J. Fonville||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Suite ‘PercFlauto’, Op.31||Juan Antonio Pedrosa||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Summer’s Light||J. Hoover||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|The Arrival Suite||M. Iorio||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|The Burning House Overture op. 185a||A. Hovhaness||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Three Days in May||L. Glassock||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Three Inventions||M. A. Gaetano||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Trio||J. DeCristofaro||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Twilight Remembered||D. Adam||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Two Caprices||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Two Views of Spring||L. Dillon||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Tzolkin||Salvador Torre||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Wave Train||H. Buss||Flute & percussion||Modern|
|Wohin…? [Where to?]||L. Lammer||Flute & percussion||Modern|
See also: Flute and Clarinet Repertoire List
List of percussion instruments found in an orchestra
There are several percussion instruments commonly found in an orchestra. Some of the most essential ones include:
- Timpani (also known as kettledrums) – These large, bowl-shaped drums are tuned to specific pitches and played with mallets. Timpani is often used to provide rhythmic drive and emphasis in orchestral music.
- Snare drum – This drum is characterized by its distinctive snare wires, which create a buzzing sound when the drum is struck. Snare drums are often used to create crisp, staccato rhythms.
- Bass drum – As the largest drum in the percussion section, the bass drum produces a deep, resonant sound that can add weight and power to an orchestral piece.
- Cymbals – Orchestral cymbals come in a variety of sizes and types, including crash cymbals, suspended cymbals, and hi-hat cymbals. They are used to create shimmering, metallic sounds that can range from delicate to explosive.
- Tambourine – This small, handheld instrument features metal jingles that create a bright, tinkling sound when shaken or struck. Tambourines are often used to add a rhythmic accent or texture to orchestral music.
- Triangle – This simple instrument consists of a small, metal triangle that is struck with a metal beater. Despite its simplicity, the triangle can add a subtle, shimmering quality to orchestral music.
These are just a few of the many percussion instruments that can be found in an orchestra. Each instrument offers a unique sound and texture that can contribute to the overall character and mood of an orchestral piece.
See also: Alto Flute Orchestral Repertoire List
Techniques in Flute and Percussion Repertoire
Flute and percussion music requires unique techniques that are specific to each instrument. In flute playing, one of the most important techniques is breath control, which is crucial for producing a clear and resonant sound. Flutists must also be skilled in articulation, or the ability to start and stop notes cleanly and precisely. Techniques like vibrato, flutter-tonguing, and harmonics are also commonly used in flute playing.
Percussion instruments, on the other hand, require a range of different techniques depending on the specific instrument. One of the most important techniques in percussion playing is the hand technique, which includes the various ways of striking the instrument to produce different sounds.
For example, in marimba playing, performers use a combination of mallet types and techniques to produce a range of sounds, from warm and mellow to sharp and percussive. Other percussion techniques include roll techniques, where a performer rolls their sticks or mallets across the drum or cymbal to produce a sustained sound, and various extended techniques like prepared piano, where objects are placed on or inside the instrument to alter its sound.
In flute and percussion music, it’s not uncommon for performers to use extended techniques to create unique sounds and effects. For example, flutists may use key clicks or air sounds to simulate the sound of other instruments, while percussionists may use unusual implements like brushes or sticks with rubber tips to create new textures and tones.
By mastering the unique techniques required for flute and percussion music, performers can unlock the full range of sounds and possibilities that these instruments have to offer.