Let's Play a Round on the Flute

This is a collection of well-known rounds arranged for Alto Recorder or Transverse Flute. They may all be played by as few as two players, but the best effect will be achieved when using the suggested number of players.

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When faced with a choice of key, I have chosen the higher because, in the Alto Recorder, it is a more lyrical range and, in the Flute, it will encourage less skilled players to venture into the upper register; however, I have not pitched anything higher than E6.

I have indicated the original keys in which I found each piece. These are the most suitable pitches for singing which will help with phrasing.

I have used original words for articulation purposes. Unfortunately, I was unable to trace the original words for Annie, Miaow and Sing with Us.

I have not included speeds as I feel the words should indicate suitable moods.


Alleluia/La ti do re Annie
Chantey Come Follow Me
Come Let us all a-Maying go Dona Nobis Pacem
Fie Nay Prithee John Go to Joan Glover
Haste thee Nymph Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom
Jubilate Deo Ma Tovu
Miaou Mon Coq est Mort
Morning is Come Oh How Lovely
Sing With Us Sumer is icumen in
Tallis'Canon To Portsmouth
Toembai Viva la Musica
We Merry Minstrels Well Rung Tom

Comments by Mark O'Leary, Director of The Young Voices of Melbourne:

"Let's Play a Round on the Flute is a new collection of well-known rounds for flute or alto recorder compiled and published by Suzanne Palmer-Holton. There are thirty rounds arranged in progressive order. The easiest include Tallis' Canon, Morning is Come and Oh, How Lovely is the Evening and the more challenging include Purcell's Fie, Nay, Prithee John and Lawes' beautiful chromatic She Weepeth Sore.

Included with each round is the original words and an indication of the original key, so that the rounds can be sung as well as played. This is a most valuable feature of this publication.

This collection is a must for flute and recorder teachers looking for quality ensemble material for individual lessons and classes. All of the rounds in this collection are of the highest standard, proven by the test of time. Furthermore, the rounds are in a great variety of metres, use many different rhythmic elements and scale patterns. Hence they are ideal for sight-reading activities.

The book is well published with a strong cover and printing large enough to be easily seen on a shared music stand."

Reprinted from Kodály Music Education of Australia Victorian Branch Newsletter