Jazzin’ Thru Summer



‘In the summer there is light and warmth, to sound the harvest call.  
Abundantly the fruit trees bear their gifts to one and all.  
And life is reaching up to find fulfilment everywhere,  
To overflow so all may know these days so long and fair’                      
(lyrics from the song ‘The Seasons’ by Gordon Tayler © 1991)


This lively piece for flute and piano with a jazz style swing beat throughout, is mostly about interwoven melodic conversations. The flute melody will really only make sense when you play/hear it against the piano accompaniment, which is a solo in its own right. I always try to write piano accompaniments that have as much melodic and rhythmical interest as possible, so that the pianist is an equal partner on the journey.

Don’t let the tempo drag; keep the swing beat strong and moving forward; follow the articulations carefully as they help shape each phrase; keep the grace notes and mordents tight; and be particular about the dynamics. The key is G major – enjoy the shift into the relative minor (E minor) at bar 34, and the continuing modulations that follow.

Applying dynamics and shaping phrases well is no easy task for the flute player, who must consider many technical elements, such as articulations, breath support, ornamentations, vibrato and tapering phrase ends with lower lip positioning especially on longer notes. Remember to listen very carefully to the ensemble sound, to facilitate improvement in one’s intonation and rhythmical precision, especially when the melodic shapes between the soloist and accompanist are very different, as is the case here.

The downloadable zip files for these flute solos with piano accompaniment, contain a pdf master score for the solo flute and the piano part, an individual flute solo pdf extract, an mp3 audio of the master score (flute & piano), as well as an mp3 flute solo backing track with only the piano accompaniment to assist practice.

sample audio

sample sheet music

Level of Difficulty: ★★★☆☆


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