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Classical Flute Repertoire, Performers, and Instruments: A Resource Guide

Music Manuscripts

Irving Fine, composer. Sketchbook 5: sketches for woodwind partita and string quartet, pencil. Irving Fine Collection, Library of Congress Music Division.

The Library of Congress Music Division holds a wealth of music manuscripts central to Western classical flute solo and chamber music repertoire. Manuscripts include scores in the hands of composers and copyists. The Music Division acquires such items through gifts, purchases, and commissioning funds. Music manuscripts can be individually cataloged or part of larger special collections.

Use the navigation menu organized by ensemble size to browse select gems of the flute repertory available in the Music Division's holdings. Special highlights include:

  • Concertino for flute and viola by Ernest Bloch under Concertos
  • Sonata for flute and piano by Francis Poulenc under Duos
  • Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel under Quartets
  • Summer Music by Samuel Barber under Quintets

Titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog and special collection findings aids when available. Items without online catalog records may be found in the Performing Arts Reading Room card catalog and by contacting reference specialists via Ask a Librarian.