This gracious rondeau is the second movement of the eleventh sonata from a collection of 12 “little sonatas” for two flutes by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.
This “Aria en rondeau” constitutes the third movement of the first of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732. The sonata, and this aria in particular, are nicknamed “L'Henriette”.
This English ballad originated in the middle of the 1640s as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. The tune is however older, and shared with another ballad, “When the King Enjoys His Own Again”, which was written at around the same time and was perhaps the most popular song in mid-17th-century England. The 18th-century critic Joseph Ritson called it “the most famous and popular air ever heard in this country”.
According to tradition, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at the Siege of Yorktown (1781) the British band played this tune.
Thanks to Steve for suggesting this song!
This chromatic "Poco allegro" (“A little allegro”, meaning “not too fast”) is the twenty-fourth study from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.
Today we propose duet No. 10 from the second volume of Luigi Hugues's La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute). This duet can be seen as a study in staccato articulation.
Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!
This Largo in D minor is the fourth movement of a Sonata in F major for recorder and basso continuo, written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.
This 6/8-time march is taken from O'Neill Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, published in 1903. O'Neill indicates Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin as the source for this tune.