The Presto we present today is the second movement of a Sonata in G minor for recorder and basso continuo, written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.
This Irish tune can be played as a waltz or as an air. The words to the song “Kate Kearney” were written by Irish novelist Lady Morgan around 1807; the melody, however, had previously appeared as “The Beardless Boy” in Bunting's General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, published in 1796.
As the famous music collector Francis O'Neill noted, “As a waltz tune Kate Kearney lacked a sufficiently distinct second part, which some orchestra leader eventually supplied. This though serviceable for the purpose intended is devoid of any trace of Irish feeling”.
This “Poco allegretto” (“A little allegretto”) is the eighth study from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.
This traditional English reel is also known as “The Curly-Headed Ploughboy”. Back in the 1950s, when the BBC used traditional tunes to introduce programs, this particular tune was used to introduce an early-morning market report for farmers.
The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.
This is the opening movement of the sixth of six sonatas for flute and continuo first published in Paris in 1732. This sonata is nicknamed “La Bouget”.
This slow strathspey, characterized as a “Marching Air” by Paul Stewart Cranford, was composed by John Gow, one of the sons of Niel Gow, the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century. John established a London publishing firm with his brother Andrew, and distributed brother Nathaniel Gow's publications.
The town of Birnam, Perthshire, sits on the River Tay, opposite the town of Dunkeld, home to the Gow family.
Today we present the third study from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Vingt études chantantes pour la flûte (“Twenty melodious studies for flute”), Op. 88.