Lyrical Flute Legends by Karen North

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Lyrical Flute Legends is an exciting collection of 20 works for flute and piano, featuring exclusively commissioned works by contemporary composers and inspiring new arrangements of 19th and 20th century compositions. Listen to the legends, discover beautiful scenes and enjoy lively dances through the alluring lyricism of this music.


These exclusive commissioned works and new arrangements are suitable for intermediate level players. The flute part includes biographies of all composers and notes/ performance suggestions for each work.


All pieces in Lyrical Flute Legends have free flute & piano recordings to listen to, as well as free piano backing tracks on YouTube to play along with.


Composers: Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Hans Engelmann, Sally Greenaway, Greg Harradine, Jolin Jiang, Scott Joplin, Elena Kats-Chernin, Toivo Kuula, Rachel Laurin, Edward MacDowell, Felix Mendelssohn, Merryl Neille, Heather Percy, Gary Schocker.


  • Contents: 20 pieces

  • Standard: Intermediate level 

  • Key signatures: up to three sharps and four flats

  • Time signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, ₵, 6/8 (including mixed metre)

  • Pitch range: D below staff to G four leger lines above staff

  • Size: Flute part 44pp (includes composer biographies and performance notes); Piano score 68pp















“Lyrical Flute Legends has the support of the great and the good in the fluting world … [and is] excellent value for money.”


“Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘Crispin’ series is particularly delightful. The three works explore aspects of a cat’s character – curiosity, dreaming and mischief-making – through beautifully written idiomatic melodies (the first miniature provided an enjoyable earworm that lasted for days).”


“Greg Harradine’s ‘Waltz for Lyra’ also stands out … the ethereal dance is irresistibly catchy.”


“Given the variety of music available in this publication, the book should last players several years.”


All the pieces have been recorded – both in their entirety and as piano backing tracks – and are freely available via YouTube. Flautist Jessica Lee and pianist Brieley Cutting’s performances are both excellent and will inspire …”


Review by Claire Jackson

REVIEW by ROBIN HORNE in the Flute List, April 2022.

"I want to share with you about a couple of new publications for flute that I’ve bought and fallen in love with.


One is a collection of 20 pieces for flute and piano (Lyrical Flute Legends), the other is a collection of 30 pieces for flute alone (Inspiring Flute Solos).


What is so tremendous is that the majority of the pieces in each collection are totally new!  The editor, Karen North, has commissioned dozens of accomplished composers from around the world to compose pieces for these collections.  


I got actual goose bumps playing through some of the pieces, they are so beautiful!  Playing through the flute and piano collection reminded me of the Carol Wincenc Valentines collection. The pieces are of many diverse styles and are rich in complexity, color, and musicality.


Although both these books are designed for the an intermediate level flute player, don’t let that fool you.  These don’t sound like “student pieces.”  I wouldn’t hesitate to put many of these in a performance of my own, and I plan to introduce them to my adult students as well the kids."



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