Today's piece is the ninth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.
This is the third movement of the sixth sonata from the second book of Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's collection of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.
Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!
Johann Strauss II composed the Kaiser-Walzer in 1889. The waltz was originally titled “Hand in Hand”, and was intended as a toast made in August of that year by Austrian emperor Franz Josef on the occasion of his visit to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II where it was symbolic as a ”toast of friendship” extended by Austria to Germany. Strauss' publisher, Fritz Simrock, suggested the title Kaiser-Walzer since the title could allude to either monarch, and thus satisfy the vanity of both rulers.
This pipe tune first appeared in Robert Ross's Choice Selection of Scots, Reels,Country Dances & Strathspeys (1780). The tune is named after Birkhall, a vast estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, whose name derives from the Scottish birk haugh, meaning ‛birch river-meadow’.
This study in syncopation is Etude No. 26 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.
This Aria is the third movement of a Sonata in D minor written for two flutes by Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.
The “Grave Adagio” in D major we present today is the opening movement of the seventh Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.