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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 aloneEdit

Solo flute with pianoEdit

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

Flute and other instrumentsEdit

  • 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

Orchestral excerptsEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jean-Pierre Rampal performance using 1869 Louis Lot gold flute
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  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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