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  • Coventry Carol – Flute Choir

    Coventry Carol is an English carol written in the 16th century. The earliest known manuscript was from 1534. In those times there were local pageants, called “mystery plays,” in which the common folk performed dramatized stories from the Bible. This carol was part of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Taylors held in Coventry. It is the emotional climax of this long play and its plaintive melody is most effective.

    This poignant carol is known for the use of the Picardy third, which adds a major chord at the cadence in a piece that is minor or modal.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:10 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: A min

    Score & Parts $20.00
  • Coventry Carol – Flute Quartet

    Coventry Carol is an English carol written in the 16th century. In those times there were local pageants, called “mystery plays,” in which the common folk performed dramatized stories from the Bible. This carol was part of the pageant held in Coventry.

    This poignant carol is known for the use of the Picardy third, the use of the major chord at the cadence in a piece that is minor or modal.

    The flute quartets can easily be expanded to flute choir by adding both alto and bass flutes. The Alto Flute part is included and the bass plays Flute 4.

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: Flute Quartet
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:00 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $15.00
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  • Coventry Carol – Woodwind Quintet

    This carol was part of the mystery pageant plays in Coventry England appearing as early as the 16th century. This arrangement employs the Baroque form of continuous variations over a repeating bass line (or ground).

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:10 / 21 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: Dm

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Dance of the Mirlitons – Woodwind Quintet

    The Suite of movements extracted by Tchaikovsky from his ballet music for The Nutcracker was an immediate success. As prevalent as the complete ballet The Nutcracker is today, it is hard to imagine that it took years, and perhaps the staging of George Balanchine, for it to become popular.

    Some of the most memorable pieces from the suite are the Characteristic Dances. In Act II of the ballet, these movements are employed to introduce different residents of the “Land of Sweets.”  Tchaikovsky’s orchestration makes adept use of wind instrument color. This translates very effectively in arrangements for the woodwind quintet.

    In this arrangement of Dance of the Toy Flutes (Danse des Mirlitons), flute, oboe and clarinet offer the famous “reed pipe” choir while horn and bassoon supply other elements of the orchestral texture.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:35 / 17 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: D

    Score & Parts $15.00