This piece was originally sung as a duet in the 1803 musical drama Rob Roy. The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. Although the piece is marked as “Scotch” in this collection, the music was actually written by English composer John Davy (1763–1824). It is true, however, that Davy drew heavily from familiar Scottish songs, which makes sense considering that the work was about the famed Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor.
This corrente is the second movement of the fourth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.
This haunting song, composed by David Zehavi in 1945, is based on a poem titled “A Walk to Caesarea” by Israeli hero Hannah Senesh. In 1943, at the height of World War II, she volunteered to go into Nazi-controlled areas in Europe to save Jewish lives. In 1944 she parachuted into Yugoslavia, and after staying with the partisans, she went to Hungary, where she was discovered and executed by the Germans. She is known both for her heroism and her poetry. The song is now considered one of Israel's unofficial anthems, and is the most-commonly played song on Yom HaShoah (the Holocaust Memorial Day) in Israel.
Thanks to Duncan for suggesting this tune!
Today we propose the thirteenth piece from Exercices journaliers pour la flûte (or Tägliche Studien in German, i.e. “Daily Exercises”) by Austro-Hungarian composer Adolf Terschak. It was first published in 1867.
This piece is the seventh movement of the second of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Here the French word concert is a synonym of “suite”, and has nothing to do with the Italian concerto.
This Capriccio in G major is one of 24 pieces attributed to the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz to have survived in a manuscript titled Fantasier og Preludier. 8. Capricier og andre Stykker til Øvelse for Flöÿten af Quanz (“Fantasies and Preludes. 8 Caprices and other Pieces for Exercise for the Flute by Quantz”). It is a rare example of music from the Baroque period using mezzo-forte dynamic markings.
Dear Flutetuners, thank you so much for the awesome stories you've sent us for our 10th anniversary! As promised, we have collected them and today we are finally publishing a selection on the website. You can read them here.
Those eligible should already have received our thank-you gift via snail mail. We hope that you liked it! Unfortunately some of you did not answer our emails, so we were unable to send you the gift. If you submitted a story but never got a reply, check your anti-spam folder and make sure to contact us!
Again, thanks everybody for your support over these 10 years, and let's keep flutin' for 100 more!
“Augen geradeaus” (“Eyes straight forward”) was an East Germany marching song.
Our company was marching through the city
And two dark eyes were laughing,
Beautiful, yes, she was beautiful.
She is our talisman,
We look to the left as much as possible.
But the commander ahead shouts:
Eyes straight forward!
Thanks to Hugo for contributing this tune!