18th Century Flute Solos (Transposed for Alto Flute)

Many flute players have learned some 18th century flute solos. The Telemann Fantasias, the Partita by J.S. Bach, and his son C.P.E. Bach’s sonata are all great.

But if you want to strengthen your alto flute skills, you should consider learning the pieces on the low instrument. You can learn the original notes, but they’ll sound a fourth lower.

Whether you want to play them as a duet with someone on C flute or want to maintain the original pitch, you should transpose them. However, that takes time, and that’s why I transposed the solos for you.

You’ll receive:

  • Digital download of three unaccompanied works
  • Option to re-download a lost file
  • One master file

Why this collection?

This is the only collection of three famous flute solos that have the following qualities:

  • Transposed for alto flute
  • Available for instant download
  • Edited by a flute and alto flute player
  • Minimal markings that follow performance practice
  • Three pieces in one

I’ve played the flute for years and recently became passionate about the alto flute. While I love the low sound, playing C flute music on it is a bit of a challenge.

I don’t have perfect pitch, but something still feels “off” about not transposing the music accordingly. If you feel the same, you’ll want to download this edition!

The C.P.E. Bach Sonata in A Minor is a significant unaccompanied work for the flute. It’s also an excellent piece to play on the alto flute.

And sure, you could use the original version since you’re playing alone. But the alto flute is in G, which means it will sound a fourth lower than the same melody on a C flute.

If you want to perform this piece on the alto flute and have it sound more authentic, it makes sense to transpose it. However, most flute players don’t know how to, which is where this edition comes in.

You’ll receive:

  • Digital download of the score
  • The movements in the original order
  • Option to redownload a lost file
  • A surprise

Why this edition?

When you buy any other edition of the C.P.E. Bach Sonata, it will be in the key of A minor. That works fine when playing a flute or even a piccolo.

But if you play that version on the alto flute, it will sound in E minor. Maybe that’s not a big deal, but it can be weird to hear as the player and as an audience member.

As I’ve started to play the alto flute more, I’ve realized how important it is to transpose parts. You can get away with not doing it for a solo piece, but it’s a nice challenge to learn the piece in a different written key.

Plus, if you do that, you can play a duet of sorts with someone who plays the C flute. Then, you don’t have to transpose on sight.

Also, this is a digital download, so you can print it as soon as you get the confirmation email. Then, you don’t have to wait for me to ship you the music.

Your arranger

Hi there, I’m Hannah, and I’m a flutist, arranger, and blogger. The alto flute has become a huge part of my flute life. To help me and others play more flute music on it, I wanted to arrange solo flute works for the alto.

That way, we can play the solos alone or even with our C flute friends. You could even use this in a flute choir and play the solos in a round.

Who is this collection for?

This collection is for any flute player with a passion for the alto flute. If you’re tired of transposing by sight, get a transposed version of the solos you love Then, you can still play older music.

I’d also recommend the collection for flute teachers and flute choir directors who want a way for their entire ensemble to play together.

Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, I can’t offer refunds on digital downloads. However, I’ll do what I can to make sure you’re happy with your purchase!

Can I preview the music?

Here’s the first page of the C.P.E. Bach Sonata in A Minor.

Listen to the J.S. Bach Partita in A Minor here:

How can I buy the collection?

Download 18th Century Flute Solos here!