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The French composer Leo Delibes worked as a church organist initially, but always maintained an interest in composing for the theatre, gradually attracting serious recognition; his ballets ‘Coppelia’ and ‘Sylvia’ were reputed to have been admired by Tchaikovsky. The masterpiece ‘Lakmé’ was written in 1883; its popularity at the time is still matched today, particularly for the most famous duet from the opera, ‘Flower Duet.’

Originally written for two female singers plus orchestral accompaniment, this arrangement features the renowned chorus of interweaving melodies, made famous by an airline television advertising campaign. Although the top two parts share the most prominent lines, the contrapuntal nature means each part has independent rhythms.  This arrangement can be played by a minimum of four; however the inclusion of doubling players and the optional alto and bass flutes enhance the performance; there is also an optional accompanying part for piano.

4-5 mins approx

Intermediate to advanced


One score and the following separate parts:

Flute 1

Flute 2

Flute 3

Flute 4

Alto Flute (optional)

Bass Flute (optional)

Bb Clarinet (optional)

Piano (optional)




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Flower Duet from Lakmé by Delibes,

arranged by Zoë Booth

for four or more flutes/flute choir plus optional piano


Flower Duet from Lakme.mp3

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Delibes’ Flower Duet for voices and orchestra on www.youtube.com

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Flower Duet from Lakme


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