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Concertino (Chaminade)

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Cecile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade (arr. Wilson, ed. Wilkins)

This work bears the designation Opus 107.

General Info

Year: 1902 / 1960
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V/IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Condensed Score
Solo Flute
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-I
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


  • Bassoon II, bar 81: delete the last two eighth notes.
  • Clarinet II, bar 72: delete the last eighth rest.
  • Alto Clarinet, bar 70: extended rest should be 3 bars (not 4).
  • Bass Clarinet: encircled 120 should be one bar earlier than it is.
  • Baritone Saxophone: extended rest after bar 85 should be 3 bars (not 4). Encircled 90 should be one bar later than it is.
  • Cornet I: encircled 125 should be three bars earlier than it is.
  • Baritone TC, bar 83: the eighth note should be on the downbeat of 4, not the upbeat. After 145, the extended rest should be 5 bars (not 4) and encircled 150 should be 151.
  • Baritone BC, bar 55: triplet indicator is missing. Bar 83: the eighth note should be on the downbeat of 4, not the upbeat.
  • Tuba, bar 85 and 87: the eighth notes should be on the downbeats of 4, not the upbeats. Encircled 115 is missing.
  • String Bass, bar 87: the four quarter notes should be eighth notes.

Program Notes

Concertino is a rhapsodic, romantic work that features two main themes, plus many melodic episodes. Since the work displays such thorough knowledge and appreciation of the expressive and technical qualities of the flute, it is natural that it has remained one of the great standards of the instrument's literature.

- Program Note from score

Commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire for their annual Concours Competition, the Concertino was originally composed for flute and orchestra, although it is now more frequently performed with piano accompaniment. Possessing a memorable melodic theme, the piece tests the performer through the unending phrases, virtuosic flourishes and the resultant nimble fingerwork required. The structure is clearly identifiable through the themes that mark each of the sections: the lyrical melody that opens the work, the exciting piu animato that ends with a demanding cadenza, and the final recapitulation that is followed by a cheeky and vivacious codetta that brings the work to a dramatic close.

- Program Note from Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 27 April 2016

The Flute Concertino was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1902 (presumably as an examination piece for flute students) where the celebrated French flutist and teacher Paul Taffanel, to whom the Concertino was dedicated, taught. Among flutists, legend has it that Cécile Chaminade wrote the Concertino to punish a flute-playing lover after he left her to marry someone else, wanting to make a piece so fiendishly difficult that he could not play it (though he supposedly did manage).

- Program Note from Austin Symphonic Band concert program, 2 April 2018

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Salem Band (Winston Salem, N.C.) (Eileen Young, conductor; Laura Dangerfield Stevens, flute) - 4 February 2020
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor; Jessica Lynch, flute) – 4 December 2019
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor; Eli Maxwell, flute) – May 19, 2019
  • Whitewater High School (Fayetteville, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Madison Argo, conductor; Hannah Walker, flute) – 2 May 2019
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Harris, Jr., conductor; Matthew Roitstein, flute) - 16 March 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan Smith, conductor; Lisa Garner Santa, flute) – 25 February 2019
  • New Horizons Band (Iowa City, IA) (Nolan Hauta, conductor; Jeiran Hasan, flute) - 6 and 9 December 2018
  • Indiana State University Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor; Angela Reynolds, flute) - 16 October 2018
  • Grand Sousa Concert Band (Carlisle, Penn.) (James Colonna, conductor; Lyla Bowser, flute) - 5 August 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Raider Band (Skye Brown, conductor; Ray Velazquez, flute) – 6 May 2018
  • Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, Va.) Symphony Band (Dave McKee, conductor; Abigail McKee, flute) – 29 April 2018
  • Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) Wind Symphony (David Fullmer, conductor; Jamie Baker Summercorn, flute) - 13 April 2018 (2018 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor; Clint Foreman, flute) - 2 April 2018
  • Sul Ross State University (Alpine, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Meyer, conductor; Mary Elizabeth Thompson, flute) – 7 December 2017
  • McPherson (Kan.) College Concert Band (Kyle Hopkins, conductor; Lillian Oeding, flute) – 19 November 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor; Kelsey Beisecker, flute) – 17 March 2017 
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor; Jenny Sutton, flute) – 27 February 2017
  • Monmouth College Wind Ensemble (Carl T. Rowles, conductor; Rose Bishop, flute) – 30 April 2016
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C. ) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor; Devin Glasgow, flute) – 27 April 2016
  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York City) (Kelly Watkins, conductor) – 9 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chaminade, C.; Wilkins, F.; Wilson, C. (1960). Concertino for Flute Solo with Band Accompaniment: Opus 107 [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.