Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kummer Trios for free

Dear Flute Lovers,
On a beautiful spring day, when 'summer is a cumin in', I find that also coming in, in the form of free pdfs, are the romantic flute works of  Kaspar Kummer.

Yes, I was just hunting up trios and duets for free online, and I found a fantastic amount of Kummer which is thrilling, because trios that are melodious, interesting, and at the intermediate level were especially what I was hunting.

Have a look at this list of links below, and please help yourselves to downloadable pdfs for printing.
Kummer is lovely, operatic, romantic, tuneful and his etudes and trios and duos contain many great articulation and leaping techniques and are fun in their fully flutily-fingered passages.

Greatly interesting to play; so do help yourself.

Short biography:
 Kummer, Kaspar (also spelled: Caspar, Gaspard, and Jaspar) 1795 - 1870 
 Studied flute, numerous other instruments, as well as composition. In 1835 Kummer played in the Coburger Kapelle Orchestra.  Kummer's compositions are delicately scored and imaginative, particularly the Trios for three flutes and his chamber works for flute with strings and/or pianoforte.

[from flute composer's biographies]
Free sheetmusic in pdf by Kummer:

Trios by Kummer:

Trio Opus 58

Trio Opus 53
Trio Opus 30
Trio Opus 72
Trio Opus52
Trio Opus 59
Trio Opus 77

Inter. - Advanced:
Trio Opus 65
Trio Opus 24

(Note: there is also a very fun Trio in D Major op. 58 that is available in print from sheetmusic shops such as or )

Kummer - Flute Duets:

Duets Opus 74

Intermediate to Advanced (stunningly beautiful!):
3 Duets Opus 69

See more free duets, solos, etudes, trios by Kummer at:,_Kaspar

Kummer Flute Etudes:

Intermediate Etudes (Gorgeous!)  "Amusantes et Instructives" Opus 129

Intermediate to Advanced Etudes: 24 Etudes melodiques Opus 110

Other great flute trios:

Free online:
Boismortier Trios opus 7

Intemediate to Advanced:
Kuhlau 3 Flute Trios opus 86

See more Kuhlau duets and trios.

Devienne Trios: (not free but lovely.)
Intermediate level:

Listen to Devienne Trios here on a trio CD at Amazon (samples).

Purchasable sheetmusic of Devienne Trios in two volumes - published by International
Edited by Jean Pierre Rampal, who put staccatissimos on every page (!)

See volumes at Fluteworld:

Six Trios for three flutes, vol. 1
Six Trios for three flutes, vol 2
More Free Duets and Etudes

Free duets for flutes online:
Novice to intermediate

Free etudes for flute online:
Novice to intermediate.

More free sheetmusic for flute:

One Flute Band:
And if you're missing duet or trio partners to play with, do use your recording device!!!
Record Flute 2 part into your recording device, with an audible metronome to keep you steady.
Give yourself two bars of count-in. If you make a mistake, just call out a bar number and count yourself in again. Don't worry; doesn't have to be perfect.
Play this recording back and play the Flute 1 part LIVE overtop.

If using multi-tracking with earphones and metronome function see: Jen's instructions for using a Zoom H4N. Quartet or Triple tracking on a Zoom H4N info. is here.

Way too fun playing duets and trios at home! Just love it!

Best, Jen
Comments (7)
Anonymous Moana Kutsche said...

These look like great fun! Thank you very much for find them and posting them, Jenn!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:55:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Great to hear it Moana. Hey, it's Sunday and I had time to goof around, and so I just sight-read the opus 69 duets. They are MARVELLOUS!
I played flute 2 into a recording device with metronome, and then played it back and sight-read flute 1 over top. These are terriff!
Go for it!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Blogger Kent Peacock said...

Great find, Jen! My quartet/trio plays several of these ( We have all the published ones I could find, because I love them. To find that there are several more made my day. Thanks!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:19:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

So nice to hear from you Kent. I remember what great taste you have in music, and I feel like we're ALL benefiting! Yahoo yippee. Best, Jen vindicated for Kummer-liking

Sunday, April 21, 2013 6:13:00 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

Hi Jen! I'm a highschool student and I've been asked to teach a kindergartener how to play the flute. I have five to six years of flute playing experience, I've played in bands and orchestras and have taken lessons. This kindergarten girl is going into grade one and has taken recorder lessons. Any ideas on teaching a six year old? I know I'm going to start by having her play on only the headjoint. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:44:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Amy,

Kathi Blocki might be of help to you, if you email her, through her website:

I have no experience teaching students this tiny; I only take age 10 and up.

Also, you might want to use a curved head flute or better yet, a Fife, for a little person like this.

The Fife Book by Liz Goodwin and the plastic (recorder-like) Yamaha Fife are both inexpensive and well-tested for five year olds.

Hope you find an expert to help advise you.
Best, Jen

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:07:00 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

Thank you Jen!

I do have a fife and a curved head joint for my other flute! I'll try those too

Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:42:00 AM


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