Repertoire List – Extended Techniques

This Extended Techniques Repertoire List compiled for a 2004 NFA Presentation on Extended Techniques by Jennifer Binney Clippert, Patricia George, Camilla Hoitenga, Rita Linard, Phyllis Louke, & Cynthia Stevens.  It lists music for Flute Alone, Flute & Piano, Duets, Trios, and Flute Choir.




Flute Alone:

Fur den jungen Flotisten (For the Younger Flutist) by Wil Offermans , pub. Zimmermann (1+)
10 enjoyable contemporary pieces for flute solo as well as flute ensemble (includes explanations)

Fur den zeitgenoessichen Flotisten (For the Contemporary Flutist) by Wil Offermans, pub. Zimmermann (2+)
12 studies with (lengthy) explanations

A Very Easy 20th Century Album, ed. Trevor Wye, pub. Novello
Sun Shower and Dorset Street by Robert Dick (2)  Uses multiphonics

Easing into Extended Techniques by Linda Holland, pub. Con Brio (2-2+)
This set of books includes instruction and short sample pieces using sing/play, harmonics, multiphonics, pitch bends & finger slides and microtones.

Sonorite et techniques contemporaines (Sound and Contemporary Techniques for the flute) (2+) by Francois Veilhan, pub. Lemoine
9 etudes and corresponding exercises

Compendium 1 for flute solo, Gerlof, Heidegger, Braun, pub. Ricordi (2+)
A mixture of short tunes and etudes from all epochs

Papierblueten (“Paper Blossoms”) by Ulrich Gasser, pub. Ricordi (2)
Etudes or little concert pieces concentrating on individual techniques

The American Flute ed, John Solum, pub. MMB Music (2+)
Short concert pieces by 7 different composers

Essay for Solo Flute by E. Applebaum (avail. Canadian Music Centre)
Approx. 3 min., uses singing/playing, pitch bending and easy multiphonics.

Flute Fantasy by Cynthia Folio, available from composer (2+)
Multiphonics, pitch bend, flutter

Quodlibetudes for Solo Flute, by Harvey Sollberger, pub. McGinnis and Marx Music (2+)
In the composer’s words, “Thirteen fantasias and a coda designed to introduce the player–young or old, student or professional—to the expanded technical and conceptual worlds of the New Flute of the late twentieth century.”

Etudes for Solo Flute, Op. 20 by John Heiss, pub. JBE and Son Music Publishers (2+)
Concert etudes that feature many techniques including gliss, harmonics, multiphonics, key clicks, etc.

Music for Mother Bear for Solo Alto Flute by Donald Erb, pub. Merion Music, Inc. (2+)
Uses numerous techniques including sing and play, key clicks, gliss, tongues clicks, etc. Works on C Flute too.

Aristofaniada for flute solo by Klaus Hinrich Stahmer, pub. Zimmermann (2+)
Uses Flutter tonguing, multiphonics, bending pitches, harmonics

Du jour, la nuit by Denis Lorrain, pub. Lemoine (2)
Whistle tones

Incandescence by John Van Buren, pub. Edition modern (2+)
Key clicks, trills, flutter tonguing

Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds by Richard Rodney Bennett, pub. Novello
Uses flutter tongue. (3)

Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese, pub. Ricordi (3+)
Uses key clicks (and has several D4’s)

Trillium by Elizabeth Brown, pub. Quetzal (3+) (Written for the 2000 NFA High School Competition)
Pitch bending, multiphonics, microtonal/timbral trills

Plainsong by Robert Aitken, pub. Universal Edition (3)
Multiphonics, air sounds, sing/play, key clicks, gliss.

Varesiana by Rafal Augustyn, pub. Brevis (3)
Uses quarter tones, key clicks, sing/play, gliss, multiphonics, etc.

Cactus Flower by Sid Corbett, pub. Moeck (3)
Gliss, ¼ tones, key clicks, whistle tones, harmonics.

Flying Lessons, Volume I & II by Robert Dick, pub. Multiple Breath Pub. (3)
Contemporary Concert Etudes, using multiphonics, gliss, sing/play, etc. (c-foot closed hole flute ed. avail.)

Afterlight by Robert Dick, pub. Mult. Breath Pub. (3)
Multiphonics, jet whistle, harmonics

Lookout by Robert Dick, pub. Multiple Breath Pub. (3)
Sing/play and multiphonics

Tone Development Through Extended Techniques by Robert Dick, pub. Multiple Breath
Early advanced thru advanced

Itinerant by Toru Takemitsu, pub. Schott (4)
Uses hollow tones, multiphonics, flutter tongue and quarter tones.

little dancings:  A selection of flute music by New Zealand Composers, pub. Centre for New Zealand Music
Three Doubles II.  Light and Shade by John Elmsly (4)  Temporal trills, harmonics, flutter, multiphonics

The Great Train Race (The Flute As You Don’t Usually Hear It!) by Ian Clarke, pub. Just Flutes Edition (5)
B foot version or C foot version avail.
Uses Residual tone, Explosive harmonics, flutter tonguing, Multiphonics, Timbral trill, Note bending


Flute & Piano:

Extended Techniques–Solos for Fun by Phyllis Avidan Louke (1-3) pub. ALRY (Apr. 2006)
Seven programmatic and melodic pieces using various extended techniques including multiphonics, harmonics, pitch bends, tongue thrust, key clicks, whistle tones, wind noise.  Can be played with flute alone, or with two flutes.

Solo Pieces for the Intermediate Flutist, Gilliam & McCaskill, pub. Mel Bay (2)
Petite Suite by Gilliam and McCaskill–Two of the movements use extended techniques:  harmonics (“Reflections”) and flutter tonguing (“Fiesta”)  (also found in The Flute Handbook, below)

The Flute Handbook, by McCaskill, pub. Mel Bay (2)
Four of the pieces written by Gilliam & McCaskill use extended techniques: harmonics (“Reflections“), flutter-tonguing (“Fiesta“), pitch bends (“Sea Legs“) and alternative fingerings/harmonics (“Pods“).

Leave My Flute Alone by Howard Vance, pub. Tootpick (2)
Uses clicking, etc.

Elegia by J-P Lehto (Finland), avail. at Flute World (2+)
Three small movements with some easy glissandi, multiphonics

Five Easy Pieces by Nino Rota, pub. Ricordi (2+)
Uses flutter tongue

Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss, pub. C. Fischer (3+)  Uses flutter tongue, sing/play.



Familienfest bei Zischrummns for 1 to 4 flutes by Rainer Pezolt, pub. Zimmermann (1-2+)
8 pieces:  2 each for solo flute, 2 flutes, 3 and 4 flutes using simple extended technques such as ‘tube resonance’, key clicks, sing/play, hamonics.  Suitable for early beginners onwards. Good for group teaching.



Extended Techniques–Double the Fun  by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub ALRY (1-2+)
This duet book is an enjoyable and accessible way to introduce key clicks, multiphonics, harmonics, flutter tonguing, sing/play, and pitch bends.

Neuf Miniatures pour deux flutes, by Pierre Csillag, unpub., available from composer in France (2)
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Uses flutter tonguing in #6 Gallianaces.

Zodiac for two flutes by Pierre Csillag, avail. Flute World (2+) Uses flutter tongue in “Lionceaux”.



 First Journey to Beyond by Dean Stallard (2), (click on compositions)
Uses multiphonics, tongue ram, sing/play, harmonics

Kindertrios , Heft 1, (Childrens’ Trios vol. 1), Eine kleine Tiersuite (A Little Animal Suite) by Friedgund Gottsche-Niessner, pub. Zimmermann (2)
6 Easy pieces Featuring New Playing Techniques for 3 Flutes, Uses harmonics, pitch bends, headjoint only, sing/play.

Kindertrios Heft 2, (Volume 2) Musikalische Kurzgeschichten (Musical Short Stories) by Friedgund Gottsche-Niessner pub. Zimmermann
6 Pieces featuring new playing techniques for 3 flutes (2-3)


Flute Choir:

Jungle Dance for Bottles and Flutes by Wil Offermans, pub. Zimmermann (2-3)
Sing/play, hissing, etc.

Serendipity by Ann Cameron Pearce, pub. ALRY (2+)
Uses headjoint only.

Ball Games by David Wells (6C,A,B) (3)
Tag! by David Wells (6C,A,B) (3)
Uses flutter, headjoints only, key clicks, etc.

Avant-Garde Sampler by Martha Rearick (3+) (picc, 6 flutes)
Available at Flute World.

Departure of a Steam Engine (Abfahrt Einer Dampflokomotive) by Tilo Medek (3+), pub. Magnolia Publications (1P,2C,2A,1B)
Uses flutter, headjoint only, and special effects

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