Tuesday 28 March 2017
by Handel, arranged for flute and piano
Originally presented as a “musical drama after the manner of an oratorio”, George Frideric Handel's Semele is an opera in all but name. It was first presented in concert form at Covent Garden theatre, London, in 1744.
“Where'er you walk” is arguably the most popular number from Semele, and undoubtedly one of Handel's most famous arias. Originally sung in Act 2 of the opera by Jupiter, the king of the gods in ancient Roman mythology, over the last century the aria has been sung as a concert piece by many renowned artists, both male and female.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this piece!
Monday 27 March 2017
This reel, probably of English origin, is taken from Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. It appears there in the key of E minor, but we transposed it to G minor so that it would better fit the range of the flute.
Sunday 26 March 2017
from “26 Little Caprices”
This ternary-form (ABA) etude is the second piece from a collection of 26 Little Caprices for flute (XXVI kleine Capricen für die Flöte) by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, published in 1890.
Saturday 25 March 2017
from Babiole No. 6 for two flutes
These two contredanses constitute the third movement of the sixth of Jacques-Christophe Naudot's 6 Babioles pour 2 Vieles, Musettes, Flutes-a-bec, Flutes traversieres, Haubois, ou Violons, sans Basse. Each of the contredanses is in ternary form, and as is usual with coupled movements it is common to repeat the first piece at the end of the second, but omitting the repetitions; therefore, the resulting pattern is: AABA CCDC ABA.
Friday 24 March 2017
National anthem of Belgium, arranged for flute and piano
The “Brabançonne” is the national anthem of the Kingdom of Belgium. Its French title refers to the region of Brabant, and the name is maintained untranslated in Belgium's other two official languages, Dutch and German. The author of the verses, Alexandre Deceht, had originally called the poem “La Bruxelloise”; his publisher, however, thought it better to broaden the scope from the city's to the area's name.
The anthem had its genesis when Belgium gained its independence in 1830. Opera singer and conductor François Van Campenhout composed the score, based on the tune of a French song called “L'Air des lanciers polonais” (“the tune of the Polish Lancers”) by the French poet Eugène de Pradel, whose tune was itself an adaptation of the tune of a song, “L'Air du magistrat irréprochable”, found in a popular collection of drinking songs called La Clé du caveau (“The Key to the cellar”).
Thanks to Ralph for suggesting this piece!
Thursday 23 March 2017
This Irish jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill cites the “Pat. Dunne manuscript” as his source. Other manuscripts give the melody as “Jackson's Maid at the Fair”.
Wednesday 22 March 2017
from “Méthode pour la flûte”
Today's piece is the twenty-fourth study from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.