The Sweetest Suites for Flute
What could be sweeter than a suite for flute? We polled our Resident Flutists to find out their favorite suites - here's what they love.
Bolling - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
Long before Ron Burgundy’s infamous jazz flute solo, Claude Bolling gave flutists everywhere an entry point into the world of jazz in this Suite. Composed as a seven-part suite for classical flute and jazz trio, this work is charming, humorous and even a little moody.
Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
If you have a bassoonist friend, chances are you already know and love this piece! Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras applies Baroque compositional techniques to Brazilian music. Written for flute and bassoon, it’s a hit with audiences and performers alike!
Uebayashi - Suite for Flute And Cello
Flutist Jean Ferrandis said it best: “For me, Yuko Uebayashi’s works are gems that, although they are so different, they yet belong to the same world, a world of vivacity, dreams, tenderness, humour, and one that is subtly contradicted by vehemence, virtuosity, melancholy and sorrow.” We are transfixed by Uebayashi’s Suite for Flute and Cello, a truly show-stopping piece fit for virtuosi.
Bartok - Suite Paysanne Hongroise
Barok based his Suite Paysanne Hongroise on melodies from traditional Hungarian folk songs. Originally scored for piano alone, this arrangement by Paul Arma (a student of Bartok) is a lively addition to the repertoire.
Bloch - Suite Modale
We love the range of emotion in Ernest Bloch’s four movement Suite Modale, from the melancholy first movement to the raucous third movement. Rumor has it that Bloch was inspired in his writing by the beautiful United States Pacific coast.
Widor - Suite, Op. 34 No 1
The Widor Suite is a favorite of many flutists. Commissioned by and dedicated to the founder of the French Flute School Paul Taffanel, this four-movement work demands lush lyricism as well as dazzling technique.