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Poem for Flute and Band

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Charles T. Griffes

Charles T Griffes (arr. James Thornton)

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General Info

Year: 1918 / 1970
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Flute and piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Charles Tomlinson Griffes composed Poem for Flute and Orchestra for Georges Barrère, the celebrated flutist for whom Edgard Varèse later wrote his famous Density 21.5. It was completed and first performed in 1919, shortly before Griffes collapsed from exhaustion due to influenza.

The piece opens with a melody sounding in the low strings before passing to the solo flute. A second theme, announced by the flute, adds a sense of oriental mystery, something found often in Griffes' music. These themes are transformed in several lively dance-like episodes, but the languorous mood of the opening returns and the work concludes in tranquil reverie.

- Program Note from Seattle Symphony CD Through the Looking Glass


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project Capital Wind Symphony (Tysons, Va.) (George Etheridge, conductor; Erin Fleming Morgan, flute) - 7 November 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Griffes, C.; Thornton, J. [1970]. Poem [score]. G. Schirmer: New York.