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Flute Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find music for the flute and information about the instrument. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.



Classification Numbers for Flute Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)

 M60–M64  Flute or alto flute alone:
     M60      Collections (more than one composer)
     M61      Original works: Collections (one composer):
     M62      Original works: Separate
     M63      Arrangements: Collections (one composer):
     M64      Arrangements: Separate works
 M110.P5  Piccolo
 M240–M244  Flute or alto flute with piano accompaniment:
     M240      Collections (more than one composer
     M241      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M242      Original works: Separate
     M243      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M244      Arrangements: Separate works
 M270.P45  Piccolo with piano accompaniment
 M288–M289  Duets for two wind instruments (of all kinds):
     M288      Collections
     M289      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M296–M297  Duets—one wind and one plucked instrument
 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument
 M355–M359  Three wind instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M375–M379  Three wind and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).


Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1020  Flute or alto flute with orchestra, full scores
 M1020.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1021  Flute or alto flute with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1034.P5  Piccolo with orchestra, full scores
 M1034.5.P5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1035.P5  Piccolo with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1120  Flute or alto flute with string orchestra, full scores
 M1120.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1121  Flute or alto flute with string orchestra, piano reductions
 M1134.P5  Piccolo with string orchestra, full scores
 M1134.5.P5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1135.P5  Piccolo with string orchestra, piano reductions


Flute studies and methods:

 MT340  General works
 MT342  Systems and methods
 MT343  Teaching pieces
 MT344  Instructive editions
 MT345  Studies and exercises
 MT346  Orchestral studies (excerpts)
 MT347  Two flutes
 MT348  Self-instructors
 MT356  Fife
 MT357  Piccolo


Not all flute music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.


Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo flute music: sonatas (flute); suites (flute); variations (flute); etc.; flute music
Flute and piano music: rondos (flute and piano); sonatas (flute and piano); suites (flute and piano); variations ( flute and piano); flute and piano music, etc.
Duets: flute music (flutes (2))

bassoon and flute music; clarinet and flute music; horn and flute music; oboe and flute music; horn and flute music; etc.

Trios: woodwind trios (clarinet, oboe, flute)

(or other combinations)

wind trios [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations]

trios [various combinations of instruments]; e.g., trios

(clarinet, flute, violin), trios (flute, percussion), trios (flute, guitar, viola)

Quartets: woodwind quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of instruments]; variations [various combinations of instruments]; etc.

wind quartets [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations];

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.

Flute and Orchestra: concertos (flute)

concertos (flute) — solo with piano

flute with orchestra

concertos (flute with string orchestra)

rondos (flute with orchestra), etc.


Selected Bibliography: Music, Recordings, Writings

Bate, Philip. The Flute: A Study of its History, Development, and Construction. New York: Norton, 1979. ML935.B328 1979

Boehm, Theobald. An Essay on the Construction of Flutes. London: Rudall Carte, 1882. ML936.B6

De Lorenzo, Leonardo. My Complete Story of the Flute: The Instrument, the Performer, the Music. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1992. ML935.D36 1992

Dorgeuille, Claude. The French Flute School, 1860-1950. London: Tony Bingham, 1986. ML937.D671

Estevan, Pilar. Talking with Flutists: Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, Marcel Moyse, Hubert Laws, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Harvey Sollberger, Samuel Baron, Paula Robison. New York: Edu-Tainment Pub., 1976. ML399.E8

Howell, Thomas. The Avant-Garde Flute: A Handbook for Composers and Flutists. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974. ML935.H859

Krell, John C. Kincaidiana: A Flute Player's Notebook. Culver City, CA.: Trio Associates, 1983. MT340.K74

Meylan, Raymond. The Flute. Translated by Alfred Clayton. Portland, OR.: Amadeus Press, 1988. ML935.M56

Morris, Gareth. Flute Technique. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. MT340.M87

Phelan, James, and Mitchell D. Brody. The Complete Guide to the Flute. Boston: Conservatory Publications, 1980. ML936.P45

Quantz, Johann Joachim. On Playing the Flute, 2d ed. Translated with notes and an introduction by Edward R. Reilly. New York: Schirmer Books, 1985. MT342.Q15 V42 1985a

Toff, Nancy. The Development of the Modern Flute. New York: Taplinger, 1979. ML935.T63


Classification Numbers for Books about the Flute

 Ref. ML128 .F58  Flute bibliographies
 ML935  General works
 ML936  Construction
 ML937  Music and playing



Selected Periodicals

 Flute Talk (1986–)  ML1.F55
 The Flutist Quarterly (1984–)  ML27.U5 N3676



Selected Internet Resource

 National Flute Association

last updated: 7/26/2013