Wednesday 1 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Gariboldi

 from “20 Petites Etudes”

This is étude No. 13 from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Twenty Studies, Op. 132. Make sure to play sixteenth notes shorter than eighth notes in triplets.

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Thursday 2 February 2012

Tune of the Day: The Colosseum

 Traditional Scottish/Irish hornpipe

This traditional hornpipe in A major is known under different names, such as “Kay's Hornpipe”. In Ireland it is known as “The Pet of the House”, while in America it sometimes goes by the title “Once Upon My Cheek”.

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Friday 3 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Dieu d'amour

 by André Grétry, arranged for flute and piano

This piece was originally a chorus from André Grétry's 1776 opera Les mariages samnites (The Samnite Marriages), sung in Act I by a group of young girls. The theme is well known to pianists because of a set of variations composed by Mozart in 1781.

Thanks to Doug for suggesting this tune!

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Saturday 4 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This is duet No. 2 from the first volume of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian Romantic composer Ernesto Köhler. The lower voice was originally intended to be played by a teacher, but unlike other duets from the same collection it is not hard to play.

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Sunday 5 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Allemande by J.S. Bach

 from Cello Suite No. 5, transcribed for solo flute

This Allemande is the second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 5 for unaccompanied cello. Its mournfulness is reminiscent of the allemande from the Cello Suite in D minor, but it features richer, denser chording.

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Monday 6 February 2012

Tune of the Day: The Green Fields of America

 Traditional Irish reel

As Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains said, this “is surely one of the finest songs of emigration in our tradition and many versions of it abound”. The tune is generally thought to have Ulster origins, although at least one version of the lyrics has the emigrant bidding farewell to County Wicklow in the East or Ireland. The earliest published version is to be found in a 19th century collection. American fiddler John Hartford believed the tune is a cousin to “Speed the Plow”.

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Tuesday 7 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Ouverture in A minor by Telemann

 from the Suite in A minor for recorder and strings

This overture in the French style begins and closes Georg Philipp Telemann's Suite in A minor for Recorder and Strings. Its opening slow section features the long-short snap rhythm prominently, and has a processional feel about it. The tempo soon rushes forward with a new theme, introduced in the strings; the flute then elaborates upon this theme, supported by a bare violin line or by the bass.

Thanks to Tim for suggesting this piece!

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Wednesday 8 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Via resti servita

 from Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro”, arranged for two flutes

In the middle of Act I of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Marcellina and Susanna share this brilliant exchange of very politely delivered sarcastic insults. In the end, Susanna triumphs by congratulating Marcellina on her impressive age, and the older woman departs in a fury.

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Thursday 9 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Gariboldi

 from “20 Petites Etudes”

Here is étude No. 14 from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Twenty Studies, Op. 132. It is marked “scherzando”, an Italian term that literally means “joking”; therefore, this study should be played in a very brilliant style, and at a fast tempo.

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Friday 10 February 2012

Tune of the Day: She's Like the Swallow

 Traditional Canadian folk song

This song was first collected in 1930 by the British folksong collector Maud Karpeles. The tune was so beautiful, Miss Karpeles felt it must have come from Britain, but it is actually highly likely that “She's like the Swallow” originated in Newfoundland.

She's like the swallow that flies so high,
She's like the river that never runs dry,
She's like the sun that shines on the lee shore
She loves her love, but love is no more.

Thanks to Dan for suggesting this tune!

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Saturday 11 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Minuet by B. Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata in B-flat major

Here is the fifth and last movement of Benedetto Marcello's seventh Sonata for recorder or flute. This short minuet is based on a simple rhythmic pattern that repeats throughout the two parts of the piece.

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Sunday 12 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Presto by Telemann

 from Canonic Sonata for Two Flutes No. 2

This is the first movement of Georg Philipp Telemann's Canonic Sonata No. 2 for two flutes, although it was published as Sonata No. 6 in at least one collection. As with all canons, both players can play from the same part.

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Monday 13 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Courante by J.S. Bach

 from Cello Suite No. 5, transcribed for solo flute

This 3/2-time courante constitutes the third movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's fifth Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. It is exceptional as it is a courante in the French style, rather than in the Italian form found in the other five cello suites.

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Tuesday 14 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Sir Roger de Coverley

 Traditional English country dance

Sir Roger de Coverly was the name of a rakish character in popular English literature in the early 18th century. He was supposedly a country squire from Worcestershire, and a member of a small club which ran the popular newspaper The Spectator that appeared daily from 1711 to 1712, and his grandfather was said to have invented the dance that went by his name. What is revealing about this is that “Roger of Coverly” was already considered an old dance at the time the paper was published.

“Roger of Coverly” has had a long history in English country dance, retaining its popularity almost until the present-day. In New England the contra dance “The Virginia Reel” was often danced to this tune, though other tunes were also substituted.

The tune is mentioned in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol when the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge a party from his apprenticeship with Mr. Fezziwig:

[...] the great effect of the evening came after the Roast and Boiled, when a fiddler (an artful dog, mind—the sort who knew his business better than you or I could have told it him!) struck up “Sir Roger de Coverley.” Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs. Fezziwig.

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Wednesday 15 February 2012

Tune of the Day: The Happy Farmer

 by Robert Schumann, arranged for flute and piano

This piece is taken from Schumann's Album for the Young (Album für die Jugend), a masterful set of 43 short, easy piano pieces. The “Happy Farmer, Returning from Work” is one of the most popular pieces in the collection, probably because of the joy and innocence it exudes.

Thanks to Małgorzata from Poland for suggesting this piece!

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Thursday 16 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Loeillet

 from Sonata for Two Flutes No. 1

This binary-form Vivace in D major opens the first of Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.

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Friday 17 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Köhler

 from “Progress in Flute Playing”

This 2/4-time Allegro in E major is the fifteenth and last study in the first volume of Ernesto Köhler's Progress in Flute Playing. It mostly consists of slurred sixteenth notes, so a good articulation can really make the difference here.

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Saturday 18 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Dan Mac's Polka

 Traditional Irish tune

This D-major Irish polka is a favorite of banjo players. It is known under different names, such as “Jack Mitchell's Polka”, “Jerome Burke's Polka” and “The Newmarket Polka”.

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Sunday 19 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Bourrée by J.S. Bach

 from Violin partita in B minor

This fast and sharply-accented bourrée from Bach's first partita for solo violin carries the rather rare Italian indication “Tempo di Borea” in the original manuscript.

Thanks to Kelvin from Mexico for suggesting this piece!

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Monday 20 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Duet in C major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Here is another piece from the first volume of La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute) by Luigi Hugues. This duet prominently features some long chromatic passages.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this duet!

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Tuesday 21 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Gariboldi

 from “20 Petites Etudes”

Today's piece is étude No. 15 from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Twenty Studies, Op. 132.

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Wednesday 22 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Young Damon's Flight

 Traditional English jig

This melody was composed by the English dancing master Nathaniel Kynaston (1683-1757). Although very little is known about him, Kynaston appears to have been active from 1705 to about 1722 in the Shropshire/Wales border area, publishing over 120 tunes and dances. “Young Damon's Flight” appears in his Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, published in 1719.

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Thursday 23 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Giga by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This spirited Giga is the closing movement of Sonata No. 3 in B minor from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Thanks to Monique for suggesting this piece!

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Friday 24 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Affettuoso by Loeillet

 from Sonata for Two Flutes No. 1

This ternary-form “Affettuoso e poco vivace” (affectionate and a bit lively) in D major constitutes the second movement of Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, composed in 1720.

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Saturday 25 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by J.S. Bach

 from Cello Suite No. 5, transcribed for solo flute

The Sarabande from Bach's fifth Cello Suite is the second of only four movements in all six suites that doesn't contain any chords. The famous Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich described it as the essence of Bach's genius.

Yo-Yo Ma played this movement on September 11, 2002 at the site of the World Trade Center, while the first of the names of the dead were read in remembrance on the first anniversary of the attack.

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Sunday 26 February 2012

Tune of the Day: The House of Cluny

 Traditional Scottish strathspey

This tune was composed by William Marshall, a Scottish fiddler most famous for his many fine strathspeys. Marshall worked for much of his life for the Duke of Gordon as the Steward of his Household, and it is fortunate that the Duke was an enthusiastic supporter and patron of Marshall's music. The title refers to the House of Cluny, where George Gordon of Buckie lived in the 18th century.

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Monday 27 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Minuet in G major by Beethoven

 Transcribed for solo flute

Ludwig van Beethoven composed this Minuet in G major around 1796. It was originally written for orchestra, but the original setting is now lost, and only an arrangement for piano has survived. Its elegant main theme, one of the composer's most memorable early melodies, demonstrates his skill at fashioning attractive light music.

Thanks to Małgorzata from Poland for suggesting this piece!

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Tuesday 28 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Loeillet

 from Sonata for Two Flutes No. 1

This Allegro in D major is the third movement of the first of Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, composed in 1720.

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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Gariboldi

 from “20 Petites Etudes”

This is étude No. 16 from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Twenty Studies, Op. 132. It is marked “un poco mosso ma sempre cantabile”, which translates to “a little agitated but always songful”.

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