This reel is taken from Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. The source for the tune was Patrick Stack, a Chicago fiddler originally from County Kerry, Ireland.
This is the second piece from 30 Etüden in allen Tonarten für Flöte (“30 Studies in All Keys for Flute”), Op. 6, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1894.
This is the opening movement of the fifth 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.
Today's piece is a new contribution from our guest composer, Paul Merkus. It is an extension of the earlier opus 48, which includes the first “Monologue” for flute solo.
This second “Monologue” is less brief than its predecessor, and consists of three parts. In the first part of the piece we find ever higher sliding motives with quite some chromaticism, while the central part features whirling upward movements, which finally culminate in a reprise of the opening slides.
The only known appearance of this tune in print is in Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. The title most likely refers to Swinford piper James O'Brien (1823–1885), a source of many tunes for O'Neill.
Today we propose the second study from Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 21, by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. It was first published in 1886.
This arrangement for two flutes of the old French air “Le petit tambour” (“The little drummer”) appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.