Christmas Music for Flute Players and Ensembles

You’ve booked a Christmas gig, but you don’t know what to play. Luckily, you can find quite a bit of Christmas music for flute.

Christmas Music for Flute Ensembles | Hannah B Flute

Whether you have a solo gig or know other flutists, there’s something for you. Read on to learn about the best pieces and how you can buy and play them.

Christmas Music for Flute Solo

If you don’t know any other musicians, you may want to find some solo Christmas music for flute. That way, you can play the melody of your favorite holiday carols.

Consider what you should know about the best solo flute Christmas tunes.

Where to Buy

You can buy solo flute music almost anywhere. Consider some local music stores as well as online retailers. I have a collection of Christmas solos for flute that you can buy and receive as a download right away.

Best Pieces to Play

I’ve arranged a few of the most popular Christmas carols for solo flute. Some of my favorites include:

  • Carol of the Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • Silent Night

Since they’re all pretty short, I compiled these solos and more into a Holiday Songs for Solo Flute collection!

Playing Piccolo

Many flute solos work well on the piccolo. The main difference is that everything will sound an octave higher on the smaller instrument.

Before you play a solo flute arrangement on piccolo, make sure there aren’t too many low Cs and C#s. Unless your piccolo can play those notes, you’ll need to leave them out or play them an octave higher.

Playing Low Flutes

You can also easily translate Christmas music for flute solo to low flutes. If you play the alto flute, the music will sound a fourth lower, or you can transpose it as you play.

Of course, if you have a bass flute, it will sound an octave lower. You won’t have to transpose it all unless you choose a solo that goes a bit too high.

Christmas Music for Flute Duet

If you know another flute player, you may want to look for some Christmas music for flute duet. That way, you’ll each have a unique part to play with each other.

You can both play a solo and share the melody. However, specific arrangements can be more enjoyable.

Where to Buy

Many of the same music stores that sell solo flute music will sell duets. Now, I’ve had a harder time finding duets at general music stores. But that’s one reason why I like to sell some duets on my website.

You can download the music right away and send a copy to your duet partner. Then, you can start rehearsing immediately.

Best Pieces to Play

You can make a lot of Christmas songs work well for two flutes. Some of my favorites that I’ve arranged include:

  • Away in a Manager
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Joy to the World

The first and second flute parts can both be challenging yet fun. I love how you can play a duet with a friend, or you can use them for sightreading practice with your private flute students!

Playing Piccolo

When it comes to Christmas music for flute ensembles, playing the piccolo is tricky. Of course, you and your duet partner can both play the piccolo.

But if only one of you switches, the duet may not sound the best. You can compensate by having the person on C flute play everything up an octave.

Playing Low Flutes

Playing one part of a duet on a low flute can offer a similar challenge to playing one part on the piccolo. If one of you wants to play the bass flute, you may need to play an octave up so that the notes sound in the same octave.

Alto flute comes with even more challenges since it’s in a different key. You’ll either need to both switch to alto flute, or one player will have to transpose. If you want a transposed duet for two altos, I have one of What Child Is This?

Christmas Music for Flute Trio

In grad school, I played in a flute trio with two good friends. We never played Christmas songs, but I think this is another great instrumentation.

If you know a couple of other players, you can find some good Christmas tunes. Here’s what you should consider when it comes to Christmas flute trios.

Where to Buy

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any flute trios at a general music store. But you can find a decent selection at flute-specific music stores. I also sell a few flute trio arrangements on this website.

If you can’t find anything specific that you want, you can also commission an arranger or composer.

Best Pieces to Play

To be honest, I haven’t arranged a ton of Christmas music for flute trio. A lot of the songs I know work better as a duet or quartet, from my experience.

But I’ve arranged O Christmas Tree and The First Noel so far.

Playing Piccolo

You can play some flute trios on piccolo. Of course, you’ll encounter similar problems like when playing a duet.

Either all of you will need to play the piccolo, or you’ll need to play up an octave if you choose to stay on the C flute. But it’s easy enough with many popular Christmas songs.

Playing Low Flutes

If you know a couple of other low flutes players, you can all switch to those. You’ll need to decide between alto or bass if you want to avoid having to transpose the music.

However, you can transpose one or more of the parts as necessary. I actually arranged both of my trios so far for two C flutes and alto flute. That way, the alto could cover some of the lower notes.

Christmas Music for Flute Quartet

Whether you have a quartet or flute choir, you can play some Christmas music for flute quartet. In a quartet, you’d have one player per part. In a flute choir, you may have two or three people per part.

Either way, this instrumentation can work very well. Here’s what you may want to know about Christmas flute quartets.

Where to Buy

If you want flute quartet or flute choir music, you almost have to go to a flute-specific shop or website. I sell a few flute quartets on here, including Christmas and non-holiday music.

You might be able to find some quartets on Amazon. However, I haven’t looked for this instrumentation on there.

Best Pieces to Play

The nice thing about a flute quartet is that it can sound fuller than smaller groups. This is especially true if you double up on parts in a flute choir.

Here are some of my favorite flute quartet arrangements I’ve done:

  • Jingle Bells
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are

This may be controversial, but I prefer to arrange flute quartets for 2 C flutes, alto, and bass. Low flutes are becoming more popular, and I want to expand their chamber repertoire.

Playing Piccolo

As with other Christmas flute ensembles, you can play a quartet on piccolo. This will be the easiest if you buy a quartet for 4 C flutes. But you can transpose the alto up or down.

Then, you can play a quartet with 2 or 3 piccolos and 1 or 2 C flutes. If you happen to have a G treble flute, you could also play a mixed quartet up and octave with no transposition.

Playing Low Flutes

A flute quartet is an excellent instrumentation to let the low flutes shine. As I mentioned, I include an alto and bass flute in most of my quartet arrangements.

But I also arranged a low flutes quartet for 2 altos and 2 basses. One of my fellow flute choir members approached me with the idea. We decided to play Carol of the Bells and will be performing it on our Christmas concert this year.

How to Choose Christmas Music for Flute

You can find tons of options for Christmas music for flute. Whether you want a solo piece or a quartet, you have options.

However, keep the following things in mind as you shop. That way, you can buy the music that will suit you.

Consider the Instrumentation

First, you’ll want to determine how many flute parts you’ll need. If you tend to perform alone, you can get a few Christmas flute solos.

On the other hand, you may want some duets if you have a duet partner. If you’re a flute choir director looking for music, consider some quartets if you can’t find any music specifically for a flute choir.

Similarly, consider what type of flutes you’ll have access to. If you don’t have any low flutes, you’ll need to keep that in mind.

Think About the Venue

Another thing you should know is where you expect to play the Christmas music. If you’ll be playing in a worship service, you might want to stick to more sacred Christmas carols.

On the other hand, if you’re playing for family or at a secular event, you can play whatever pieces you want.

Know Your Practice Schedule

You’ll also want to think about how much time you’ll have to practice Christmas music for a performance. If you’re looking for music at the last minute, consider some easier stuff.

Or if you’re already planning ahead for next year, you can buy something more difficult and practice it over a longer period.

Determine the Delivery Time

If you’re short on time, you should consider how long it will take for you to get the music. One of the biggest reasons I prefer to sell digital sheet music is that you can get it right away.

Then, you just need a tablet or printer and some paper and ink. You can start reading the music within minutes. But some print copies take days or weeks to arrive.

Can You Find Free Christmas Music for Flute?

You can find free Christmas music for flute. Now, I may be biased, but I think it’s good to support living composers and arrangers when you can.

I try to keep my arrangements affordable, so you don’t need to splurge. Plus, you won’t have to pay for shipping.

Will You Play Christmas Music for Flute?

Playing Christmas music for flute can be super fun. If you want to start programming holiday music, you have a lot to consider.

Start with your instrumentation and practice schedule. Then, you can choose pieces that you’ll be able to play well on your next concert.

Are you ready to shop for Christmas flute arrangements? Shop my selection of solos, duets, trios, and quartets!

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