Copland Duo for Flute and Piano


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Copland Duo for Flute and Piano

Copland Duo for Flute and Piano

Publisher-Boosey and Hawkes

Official Programme Note

This work was commissioned by seventy pupils and friends of the celebrated flautist William Kincaid after his death in 1967. Copland described it as lyrical and in a pastoral style. “Lyricism seems to be built into the flute,” he wrote. ‘Duo’ is in three movements.

“The whole is a work of comparatively simple harmonic and melodic outline, direct in expression. Being aware that many of the flautists who were responsible for commissioning the piece would want to play it, I tried to make it grateful for the performer…it requires a good player.”

The piece has become a standard in the repertoire of flautists worldwide and is also available in a version for violin and piano.


  • Flowing
  • Poetic, somewhat mournful
  • Lively, with bounce

Aaron Copland

Copland (1900-1990) was a highly esteemed American composer, conductor and teacher. His compositions spanned orchestral pieces, ballets, film scores, chamber music, and solo works, showcasing his versatility and creativity. Copland’s works are characterised by their evocative melodies, distinctive harmonies, and uniquely American sound.

Copland’s most renowned works include Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony.

Works for Flute by Aaron Copland

Vocalise for flute and piano (Arr.)
Duo for flute and piano
Copland 2000 [Flute]
Wind Quintet
Threnody I (In memoriam Igor Stravinsky) for flute and string trio
Threnody II (In memoriam Beatrice Cunningham) for alto flute and string trio
As It Fell Upon a Day for flute, clarinet and soprano
Old American Songs for Flute and Piano

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