"For the beauty of the earth" by John Rutter has been a favorite of choirs around the world ever since it was composed in 1978, dedicated to Rosemary Heffley and the Texas Choral Directors Association. This arrangement for flute choir can be performed in two ways, either entirely by flutes, or in combination with a mixed SATB choir. The upper four parts in the score (marked "chorus") can be replaced by vocalists using the choral version of the piece published by Oxford University Press. Optionally, the ensemble can be augmented by a harpist or pianist using the part provided, or by playing out of the choral edition.
- The "chorus" is made up of 2 C Clutes, Alto Flute and Bass Flute. If desired, a mixed SATB choir can be used in lieu of these flute parts
- 4 Flutes
- 2 Alto Flutes
- Bass Flute
- Contrabass Flute (or Contralto Flute in G)
- Harp (or Piano) - optional