Variations on “Sur le quai de la Ferraille” for flute trio (2 C flutes and 1 alto flute)



This is based on a well-known French canon concerning a seller of “coco”
(a refreshing drink of liquorice and lemon water)
This particular seller sold his goods when they were not really fresh.

The coco sellers were active in the 18th and 19th Centuries, especially in Paris and Brussels
but the custom faded out by the beginning of the 20th century
(presumably with the advent of ice cream and ice lolly (popsicle) sellers)

I have made these variations on the canon for advanced players, including beatbox and flutter tongue
techniques – and just for fun – a bit of stamping. In the middle there is a bit of Klezmer
and a slight detour into Polly Wolly Doodle, which returns at the end

(BTW Where the beatbox is just on one note, I have marked it b.b.)