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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


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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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point N.Y.) (Tod Addison, conductor; Torin Olsen, flute) – 24 February 2018
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor; Catherine Broyles, flute) – 15 January 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor; Erika Boysen, flute) – 17 November 2015
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (W. Dale Warren, conductor; Ronda Mains, flute) – 16 November 2015
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Wind Ensemble (Lindsey Sherman, flute) – 9 March 2009

Works for Winds by this Composer


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