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Concertino (Chaminade)

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Cecile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade (arr. Clayton Wilson, ed. Wilkins)

This work bears the designation Opus 107.

General Info

Year: 1902 / 1960
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V (solo); IV (ensemble) (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-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


  • Bassoon II, m.81: Delete the last two eighth notes.
  • Clarinet II, m.72: Delete the last eighth rest.
  • Alto Clarinet, m.70: Extended rest should be 3 bars (not 4).
  • Bass Clarinet: Encircled 120 should be one bar later than it is.
  • Baritone Saxophone: Extended rest after m.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.
  • Trombone II: Encircled 35 is missing
  • Baritone TC, m.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, m.55: Triplet indicator is missing. M.83: the eighth note should be on the downbeat of 4, not the upbeat.
  • Tuba, m.85 and 87: The eighth notes should be on the downbeats of 4, not the upbeats. Encircled 110 and 115 are missing. Piu Animato marking missing at 33.
  • String Bass, m.87: The four quarter notes should be eighth notes.
  • All parts (except Solo Flute): Optional cut from after 79 resuming at 91 is not shown.

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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Jeffrey Spenner, conductor; Ryan Foley, flute) - 12 February 2023
  • Pinnacle Winds (Grandview, Mo.) (John C. Carmichael, conductor; Terry Andrew, flute) - 12 February 2023
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Danh Pham, conductor; Sophia Tegart, flute) - 8 February 2023
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • Lone Star Youth Winds (Dallas, Tx.) (Andrew Trachsel, conductor; Lauren Joseph, flute) - 15 May 2022
  • Santa Fe (N.M.) Concert Band (Gregory Heltman, conductor; Jennifer Lau, flute) – 7 May 2022 (ACB 2022 Annual Convention (Santa Fe, New Mexico))
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor; Danilo Mezzadri, flute) - 24 April 2022
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor; Giovanni Perez, flute) - 24 February 2022
  • 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
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) - 19 March 2011

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.