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Suite from "The Incredible Flutist"

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Walter Piston

Walter Piston (trans. Donald Patterson)

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1940 / 2004
Duration: c. 17:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Introduction: Siesta in the Marketplace – 1:05
2. Entrance to the Vendors – 2:30
3. Entrance to the Customers – 0:30
4. Tango of the Merchant's Daughters – 3:20
5. Arrival at the Circus – 0:35
6. Circus March – 0:40
7. The Flutist – 1:55
8. Minuet – 0:35
9. Spanish Waltz – 1:15
10. Eight O'Clock Strikes – 0:20
11. Siciliana – 2:20
12. Polka Finale – 2:15


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet (div.)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (4 players, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Incredible Flutist is a ballet composed by Walter Piston in 1938, his only composition for the stage. The ballet received its premiere by the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler on May 30 of that year.

The libretto, written by Piston and Hans Wiener, describes a marketplace teeming with activity and enlivened by a circus. A flutist acts as a snake charmer and also charms women. A rich widow flirts with a merchant, is discovered by her lover, faints, and is revived by the flutist's music. The circus then leaves the square.

Piston extracted an orchestral suite from the ballet, which was premiered on November 22, 1940, by the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner. The suite is in thirteen movements.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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