Skating On Thin Ice



Flute solo work with piano accompaniment is mostly about the flute player learning to listen very carefully to the ensemble sound, to facilitate improvement in one’s intonation and rhythmical togetherness, and perhaps most importantly, the dynamic and tonal balance within the ensemble effect.

This is a lively jazz rock piece with a swing rhythm throughout for flute solo and piano, with the key often gravitating to the Dorian mode Am7 rather than sitting cleanly in G major. Make the music flow like an ice-skater gliding smoothly across a frozen lake (especially bars 89-104), not lazily, more with a sense of youthful exuberance and invincibility, but also with a hint of danger and risk taking. Watch for those unexpected hazards like frequent modulations leading into key changes (eg bars 58-65 and 67-74). Don’t let the tempo drag; keep the swing beat strong and moving forward; keep the grace notes and ornaments tight; and be particular about the dynamics.

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, tapering phrase ends with lower lip positioning especially on longer notes.

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: ★★★½☆


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