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Music for Flute & Guitar

The listed works form a central part of our repertoire, have received multiple performances, and are musically satisfying for both player and listener. Ø Indicates that this repertoire is recorded on compact disc by the Boland Dowdall Duo.

When did the flute and guitar as a chamber duo catch on in the United States? This question, among others, prompted Lisa Schroeder to write an essay The Flute and Guitar Duo: The Development of an Equal Partnership (University of Iowa, 2015)



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The Red Cedar Collection
for flute and guitar

Pub: Theodore Presser Co.
(catalogue number 144-40414)

A winner of the 2001 competition for Newly Published Music by the National Flute Association.

Ø A collection of six original works for flute and guitar by six composers; each was inspired by a work of visual art from the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Museum of Art.  Recorded on a compact disc titled The Red Cedar Collection –– released and available from Fleur de Son Classics (NY).  Read about the project and see images of the visual art here.

•  David Leisner El Coco (The Bogeyman, 1999): Inspired by Francisco Goya’s Que viene el Coco.
Jerry Owen Hidden Tango , 1999:  Inspired by Mauricio Lasansky’s Spring.
Gary Schocker Caution to the Wind (get over it), 1999:  Inspired by Malvina Hoffman’s Bacchanale Frieze.
John Thow River Bend for alto flute & guitar, 1999:  Inspired by Marvin Cone’s River Bend.
Robert Lindsey Nassif Dear Departed, 1999:  Inspired by Marvin Cone’s Dear Departed.
Jonathan Chenette Fast Track, 1999: Inspired by Sam Gilliam’s Fast Track.

“. . .  an  innovative commissioning project. While all contemporary in sound, [the variations] feature a range of styles and influences, from modal, improvisatory pieces to Copland-inspired works.  I’ll be hunting out the relevant sheet music (and artwork) in due course.”  Elizabeth Green, Pan (London)


The Celtic Collection
flute and guitar.

arr. Jan Boland & John Dowdall

Pub: ALRY Publications


 These Irish and Scottish folk tunes are real audience pleasers and are fun and easy to play. Compiled by the Boland-Dowdall Duo.

 Fanny Power, Margret’s Waltz, South Wind, Untitled Reel, & Swinging on a Gate. 


Parlor Music Vol. I
The Foster Collection
for flute and guitar

arr. Jan Boland & John Dowdall

Pub: ALRY Publications 


A Winner of the 1996 Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association. Instrumental music from Stephen Collin’s Fosters Social Orchestra arranged by Boland & Dowdall for flute and guitar. Includes dance tunes like Jennies Own Schottish and ballads like Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair. Rated easy-medium. All of the music in this edition can be found on a compact disc recording on the Koch International Classics label titled Home Sweet Home: Parlor Music from the Civil War.



Boland Foster Ballads for flute and guitar

Ballads for flute and guitar
The Foster Collection Vol. II

arr. Jan Boland & John Dowdall

Pub: ALRY Publications

National Flute Association_ Newly Published Music Finalist 2002. Three lovely songs by Stephen Collins Foster arranged for flute and guitar so that they may take on a Celtic flavor.  All music in this edition can be found on a compact disc recording titled Crystal to Gold – on the Fleur de Son Classics label FDS 57932.  Recording is on period instruments.



Ø  Maggie by my Side
Ø  Old Memories
Ø  Little Ella 

Flute & Guitar Facsimiles
from the Romantic Salon

edited: Jan Boland & John Dowdall.

Pub: Falls House Press / Theodore Presser

A collection of three multi-movement works in facsimile edition from the Romantic Salon – a set of waltzes by Hummel and two opera potpourris. Recorded on compact disc titled Giuliani, Hummel, et al. on period instruments by the Boland-Dowdall Duo on the Titanic label Ti-161.




Ø  Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Six Waltzes for flute & guitar. [Short, charming and easy.]
Ø  Giacomo Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots (1836).  [Opera arias set by a 19th century arranger Arnold for flute and guitar.]
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber,  Zanetta (1840).  [‘Favorite’ opera tunes set by a 19th century arranger for flute and guitar.]



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The Banks of Ayre
for solo flute

edited: Jan Boland.

Pub: ALRY Publications


A Scottish folk tune with variations from Patterson’s New Preceptor (1839).  This is not a work for flute and guitar, but a fun Celtic piece I wanted to include on this website.  For flute alone.  Consists of a theme and two variations. The fun comes when the player creates Celtic ornaments and style to bring this little piece alive.

Other Recommended Works for flute & guitar

Ø Indicates that this repertoire is recorded on compact disc by the Boland Dowdall Duo


Bela Bartok Rumanian folk dances .Pub: Universal (UE 18661).

Robert Beaser, Mountain Songs. Pub: Helicon Music Corp
John Dowdall, Christmas Medley of 19th-Century Carols.  Pub: Alry fg6
Mauro Giuliani,  Grand Duo Concertant op. 85. Pub: Zimmermann and/or Tecla Facsimile Edition.
Mauro Giuliani Grande Serenade op. 82. Pub: Belwin.
Mauro Giuliani, Leichtes Duo Op. 77. Pub: Zimmermann.
Ø Francois Joseph Gossec, Tambourin arr. Almeida. Pub: Brazilliance Music
Ø Katherine Hoover, Caprice, 1999. Pub: Papagena Press.
Jacques Ibert Entr’acte for flute & guitar. Pub: Leduc.
Ø Libby Larson Blue Third Pieces for flute & guitar (2000) Pub: Oxford University Press.
Ø F. Molino, Nocturne Op. 38 for flute & guitar.  Pub: Breitkopf.
Ø Jerry Owen, Meshquanowat (Red-Tailed Hawk). Written for Boland-Dowdall Duo. Pub: Acoma-Nambe Edition, PO Box 1261, Station I, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M403E5.
Ø Jerry Owen, Intimate Dances for flute & guitar. (1982) written for Boland-Dowdall Duo). Pub: Southern Music.
Ø Pierre-Joseph Plouvier, Serenade IV from Trois Serenades. 19th-c. facsimile from the Paris biolioteque nationale. Pub: Jan Boland
Wilhelm Popp, Hungarian Dance.  arr. Boland-Dowdall Duo. Pub: Jan Boland.
Astor Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango for flute & guitar. Pub: Editions Henry Lemoine.
Erik Satie, Gymnopedies No. 1 & 3 for flute & guitar Pub: Zalo Publications.
Ø Andrew Earle Simpson, Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute and Guitar.
Ø Franz Schubert, Original Dances for Flute or violin & Guitar.  12 waltzes arranged in the 19th c. from Schubert’s piano pieces–perhaps by Schubert) Pub: Universal.

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