Simple Gifts is an arrangement of a well-known folk song used by a religious sect called the Shakers. This piece is comprised of a series of variations on this famous tune, starting with a “simple” setting, continuing to a variation with chromatic accompaniment, an “ethereal” variation, a march-like variation with a rousing piccolo counter melody, finishing with a beautiful chorale section.
This piece may be performed either with a Flute Quartet, or with a Flute Choir. If played with only four players, the sections marked “piccolo” in the march variation (in Flute 1 & Flute 2 parts, starting at letter D) should be played on flute, since there isn’t ample time to switch instruments. When played with a Flute Choir, the Alto Flute & Bass Flute parts enhance the harmonic structure of the piece and add depth to the arrangement. The arrangement works well with either one or both of these optional voices added.
Simple Gifts is scored for four c-flutes, opt. piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. Optional parts now available for FREE download: contrabass flute
Level 3 to 3+