Jen Cluff ~ Free Flute Music Online

Canadian Flutist and Teacher





  FREE FLUTE MUSIC ONLINE:


Free and good flute sheet music has been rare to come by, but free public domain sheetmusic is starting to become available if you can sort the good repertoire works from the mediocre.
In the long run you'll want to purchase published sheet music, as it keeps the music in print, and you get top quality paper, ink and bindings to play. 

Your flute teacher would be the best source for asking which pieces you'd like, would suit you, and would present the right level of challenge, as you develop.

And most free sheet music is either quite patchy in quality, not error-free (wrong notes, strange dynamics an slur markings),  or not quite in the form you want it (instrumentation has to be re-arranged etc.)

Truly great quality sheetmusic is usually owned by a publisher. It is professionally published and sold in a sheetmusic store. Great compositions are usually too instrinsically valuable to give away for "free" unless it's an old edition of a Baroque piece, with possible printing errors, or strange slur marks etc.

So, knowing that the quality may be questionable, as of March 2014 the free sheetmusic sites that I've found that have some flute pieces, mostly for intermediate and advanced flutists in are:

Recently found: best free music source for flute solos, studies, duets in downloadable PDF:

1. All flute scores and parts in pdf at Petrucci IMSLP  free music library.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Scores_featuring_the_flute


 2. Score online Flute collection:

Eastman School of Music - Rochester University:

https://urresearch.rochester.edu/filterSearchCollectionItems.action?query=flute&collectionId=63

Including: Quartets, Quintets with woods and strings, flute and piano repertoire such as:

Enesco Cantabile et Presto
Briccialdi 16 Diaologues for two flutes
Gaubert Fantaisie for flute and piano
Alfred Brooke flute Method vol. 1
Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera


 3. Gariboldi etudes, J.S. Bach, Telemann Fantasias, Mozart Duets,  and more. All free; good copies.

http://www.score-on-line.com/freescores.php?collection=flute


  4. Flute sheetmusic free: etudes, duets, solos with piano parts

 http://PublicDomainFlute.4shared.com/ 

Flute and piano scores, flute duets and misc. old editions. All free flute music, some gems.


5. Flute Tunes - All free. This site has pdfs, midis, mp3s and sheetmusic, such as Vivaldi Four Seasons (fl/pno), Telemann opus 2 Duets, Mouquet "La Flute de Pan", Goddard Allegretto, Gaubert Madrigal, all in pdf. There are lots of Christmas Carols for flute and piano, as well as Celtic tunes and some famous orchestral themes. Popular folk music also there. All in pdf; good clean parts.

http://www.flutetunes.com/


6. Some fun educational flute music and playalong mp3 tracks:  http://funflute.blogspot.com/

7. Folk Music, Old-time Dance Music and Ethnic country music - Britain, Balkan, Armenia, Greece etc.  http://larkinam.com/LITMLibrary.html

 


8. All public domain scores in pdf sorted by composer or with "flute" as search term:

Good for Bach, Telemann and 1 or 2 suprisingly good modern flute editions like Griffes Poem etc.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Composers


BEST: Flute Technique, Scales & Warmups:

Herbert Lindholm's full bookof exercises, warmups,
fingerings, scales, trills and technical practice ideas are in his FLUTE BASICS manual.

Basic Flute Technique, Album of Studies  op. 26 (1994)
Contents: Foreword, Scales, Tecnical patterns, Interval exercises, Tone Studies, Other exercises, Chord exersices, Trill chart, Micro intervals, Some usual modern flute sounds, The Parts of the flute, Numbering of keys (Bartolozzi) (41 pages)

PDF FILES The Album Complete:
Part 1 (416 K)        Part 2 (563 K)
Part 3 (551 K)        Part 4 (305 K)  

Lindholm's manual is in four parts.
The first has one octave and two octave scales,
Blues scale, chromatic scale etc. Part two has patterns
to use as daily scale exercises (uses your brain and trains
your fingers!) lip flexibility exercises, and Parts three has
tone exercises, octave and third patterns, tonguing,
multiple tonguing and vibrato.
Part four has both trill and basic fingering charts.

All four parts print out as 41 pages that can be hole punched and put in a binder. Help yourself: Lindholm is a smart flute teacher and very generous. :>)


Free Flute Duets:

Easy Duets for two flutes (free online):

List of easy flute duets: (not all strong in the duet writing department, but may be useful):
http://www.flutetunes.com/tunes.php?q=duet

Mozart & Scarlatti Duets (scroll down when you arrive at final link):
http://jennifercluff.blogspot.com/2008/04/free-mozart-scarlatti-flute-duet.html

Baroque Duets:
http://jennifercluff.blogspot.com/2010/03/flute-duets-free-sheet-music.html

Quantz duets:
http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Quantz.php
 
Duets for 2 flutes and piano: Purcell and Telemann:

http://icking-music-archive.org/scores/purcell_h/Z627/purdioclesbc.pdf

http://www.4shared.com/document/MrSezfXu/Sonata_in_E__2_Flutes_.html


Also, antique 1800s flute tutor duets: large file size:

Easy to intermediate marches in duet and trio:

Duets vol. 2
http://www.archive.org/details/firstthirdpartof02howe

Duets vol. 3
http://www.archive.org/details/firstthirdpartof03howe

Popular airs in duet from 1800s:

http://www.archive.org/details/blakesyoungfluti00blak

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BEST COMPOSED FLUTE WORKS:

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ANDERSEN:
  Library of almost every flute etude and concert piece by
flute composer, etude writer and virtuoso:
Joachim Andersen: All works  http://www.kb.dk/da/nb/samling/ma/digmus/jo_and.html

PDF versions of easy, light-hearted flute music (Mozart/Debussy etc.):
http://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet-music.php?CATEGORIE=120

 Renaissance, early-Baroque composers including
J.S. Bach, CPE Bach,  Byrd, Vivaldi, Handel and Dowland:

http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer.php

 
J.S. Bach Cello Suites (transcribed for violin)
http://www.icking-music-archive.org/scores/bach/cello_suites/vl100712.pdf
 
and other great Bach works by BWV number in pdf: http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/J.S.Bach.html
 

19th Century Flute Music by Nicholson & other flute treatise composers:  http://www.oldflutes.com/facsimiles

MIDI files of flute repertoire (for playalong):
http://www4.osk.3web.ne.jp/~kasumitu/eng.htm 

 

All other composers listings for same as above (but mostly for string players):
Scroll down at:
http://icking-music-archive.org

Easy Flute Trios of Celtic Traditional pieces,
arr: Galway for Flutewise: http://flutewise.com/fw/music/index.html

Jazz Flute transcriptions, James Moody pieces:
http://www.geocities.com/farrell_vernon/flute_transc_menu.htm

Popular flute classical pieces (Pachelbel, Debussy etc.):
http://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/cgi-bin/search/search2.pl?keyword=Flute&viewlistflag=&sumbit=Go%21

Free Klezmer music:
http://www.free-scores.com/frame-uk.php?url=http://www.klezmer.de/Noten/noten.html&CATEGORIE=130&TITRE=Virtual+Klezmer

Herbert Lindholm avantguarde flute music/duets/quartets:

http://www.iwn.fi/~hlindhol/samples2.html

 


General free sheetmusic links

(search for flute):

http://www.freesheetmusic.net/sheet_music_4.html

http://www.free-scores.com/centre-uk.php?CATEGORIE=120

Free Flute Duets:

http://jennifercluff.blogspot.com/2010/03/flute-duets-free-sheet-music.html

 


 If you check your local library system, or look to buy ($40) two All-flute-sheetmusic CD-roms filled with hundreds of pieces for flute and piano, and flute methods, studies and duets, see www.cdsheetmusic.com and click on Woodwinds-Flute. There is no greater bargain for binders full of flute sheet music, studies and duets that you print out yourself (full piano parts included for all solos).

For a list of the best pieces and etudes on the above CD-roms see:

Jen's Favourite repertoire.

All asterisked pieces at the "Faverep" link, above, are on these Cd-roms called "The Ultimate Flute Sheetmusic".

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