Variations on Danse Macabre for Flute

Danse Macabre is one of the spookiest, most famous orchestral works. But if you don’t have an orchestra to play with, you can play a flute version.

I arranged Variations on Danse Macabre to make it a bit more fun. This edition starts with the main theme and includes two variations before repeating the theme in the last movement.

To help write those variations, I actually played through the ideas. Then, I put the best ideas onto the paper (or computer).

You won’t get any crazy lines that are impossible to play.

What You’ll Get:

  • Digital download
  • Theme
  • Two variations

Why This Edition

This edition is written for solo flute by a flute player. I used my flute playing to help create a few variations that sound good and are enjoyable to play.

Because no one wants music that’s impossible to play.

And who wants to deal with music written by someone who obviously doesn’t understand the instrument they’re writing for? That’s inexcusable.

Your Arranger

I’m Hannah, and I’m a flutist and arranger/composer. I’ve seen a lot of horrendous flute parts to know that we need more flute players writing for the instrument.

But I’m also someone who doesn’t have easy access to an orchestra. Or when I do, I don’t get to choose the repertoire.

So I decided to take one of my favorite orchestra pieces and write it for solo flute. I wanted to add the variations to make this edition a bit more unique.

Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, I don’t offer refunds on digital downloads. Don’t hesitate to email me if you have a problem.

Can I preview the music?

Of course! Here’s a preview image:

Danse Macabre preview

How can I buy the music?

Download your copy now!

Piccolo Picks: Etudes for Piccolo

Are you looking for original etudes for piccolo? I’ve got you covered with a set of six studies (and a bonus arrangement).

There are tons of flute etudes, and some work well on the piccolo. But none of them take the piccolo into consideration specifically.

That means you could have a lot of low Cs or C#s. Plus…

Anything extreme should be studied before writing for it.

I’ve played the piccolo for over eight years. And I made it an unofficial focus of my bachelors and masters degrees.

As a piccolo player, I wrote the etudes as I played them. The notes didn’t come from my head and go straight to a computer.

Too many composers seem to assume anything they can get their computer program to play is playable on the instruments they write for.

But when I wrote using the instrument, I made sure these etudes would be PLAYABLE.

So if you’re ready to diversify your repertoire, these etudes are for you.

They’re great for students, teachers, and performers. Don’t let the piccolo scare you; use these etudes instead!

Piccolo Picks: Etudes for Piccolo

Why Should I Trust You to Write Etudes for Piccolo?

The piccolo is underutilized, especially by composers who don’t understand it. My practical experience with the instrument helped me write good short etudes for you to enjoy.

Do You Offer Refunds?

Unfortunately, I can’t offer refunds on digital downloads. If you’re unhappy with your purchase, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do to fix it!

How Can I Buy the Etudes?

Download your copy now!

Mythic for Solo Alto Flute

I wrote Mythic for the solo alto flute to expand my composing skills. I’ve always loved mermaids and other mythical creatures.

So those served as the inspiration for this short, two movement work.

If you want a fun alto flute piece that won’t require hours of practice to learn, this is for you.

It’s an excellent introductory piece for alto flute players. Teachers can also use it to show off the alto flute to their students.

Mythic for solo alto flute

Be sure you download this piece when you’re looking for something fun and eerie to play.

Listen to the music:

You’ll receive a PDF to download the music right away. If you lose the file, feel free to email me from the email you use to buy the music to get a new copy.

Studies on Carnival of the Animals for Flute

Do you love the Carnival of the Animals? You should learn some of the movements on your flute!

These studies make it easy to learn to play the following movements:

  • The Aquarium
  • Voliere (you know the one)
  • The Swan

You’ll receive a PDF download right after your purchase. The PDF contains the three studies to help you practice the movements above.

Everything is in one file for you to access easily. Print it off or import it into your favorite sheet music reader app to start practicing!

Why These Studies

I love The Aquarium and The Swan, so I decided to edit them a bit. That way, you can enjoy playing the movements and work on your tone and technique.

Of course, Voliere features the big flute solo. It’s a tough movement to play, so this study can help you take it out of context. Then, you can work on it alone and put it back together with the rest of the piece.

The movements are very similar to the real flute part. But they’re different enough that you can still benefit from this edition if you have the flute part.

Your Arranger

Hi, I’m Hannah. As a flute player, I understand how the instrument works and what does (and doesn’t) work well on it. That’s allowed me to compose and arrange flute music that you’ll want to play.

In this collection, I aimed to stay true to the composer’s ideas. But I added some notes and measures to help you play the piece better.

Who are these etudes for?

These etudes are for flute teachers and players. They’re especially useful for anyone who’s preparing for orchestral auditions and needs to learn the excerpts from Carnival of the Animals.

Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, I don’t offer refunds on digital downloads. If you have concerns, please email me, and I’ll do my best to help you!

What do the etudes sound like?

Listen to me playing them:

How can I buy the music?

Download your copy now!

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!