Thursday 19 October 2017
by John Braham, arranged for two flutes
This duet was composed by English tenor opera singer John Braham. In 1803, he sang in The English Fleet, the entire music of which was his own composition. It was in this opera that the duet “All's Well” was introduced; it would become one of his best-known works.
The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.
Wednesday 18 October 2017
from Partita No. 6, arranged for flute and keyboard
This is the opening movement of Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita No. 6 in E-flat major, TWV 41:Es1, originally published in 1716 as part of the Kleine Kammermusik (“little chamber music”) collection. The original edition indicates that the melody is intended to be played by an oboe, a violin, or a flute.
Tuesday 17 October 2017
The only known appearance of this jig in print is in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905.
Ballyshannon is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. It claims to be the oldest town in Ireland, and its archaeological sites dating as far back as the Neolithic period (4000 BC – 2500 BC).
Monday 16 October 2017
from “22 Studies in Expression and Facility”
This piece is the opening study from 22 Studies in Expression and Facility, Op. 89 by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler. This collection was originally published in 1904 with the German title 22 Vortrags- und Geläufigkeits Etuden für Flöte.
Sunday 15 October 2017
from Trio Sonata in D major, transcribed for two flutes
This gavotte is the fourth and final movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 1 in D major, published in 1685. Corelli was a violinist, and this sonata was originally scored for two violins and continuo; however, it can be played without issues by two flutes.
Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!
Saturday 14 October 2017
from “The Pirates of Penzance”, arranged for Flute and Piano
This sweet duet is sung by Mabel and Frederic during Act II of Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance.
Our hero Frederic, having completed his 21st year, is about to be released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley (“the very model of a modern Major-General”), and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that technically, since he was born on the 29th of February, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his twenty-first birthday, meaning that he must serve for another 63 years!
Ah, leave me not to pine
Alone and desolate;
No fate seemed fair as mine,
No happiness so great!
And Nature, day by day,
Has sung in accents clear
This joyous roundelay,
“He loves thee – he is here.
Fal, la, la, la, Fal, la, la, la.
He loves thee – he is here.
Fal, la, la, Fal, la!”
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!
Friday 13 October 2017
Traditional Irish slip jig
This simple 9/8-time jig is taken from Chicago police officer Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill's source for this tune was the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland.
This tune is apparently unrelated to the more famous folk song “The Newry Highwayman”, which is also known as “The Roving Blade”.