This jig was composed by John Riddell (1718–95), a blind amateur fiddle-composer of Ayr, and first published in his c. 1776 A Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets, etc.. Riddell was the composer of several popular airs, and an excellent fiddle player in his day, so much so that he was never without a pupil or an apprentice.
Today's piece is the twentieth study from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.
This melody in rondo form (ABACA) was originally written by London-born composer and singer Charles Edward Horn (1786–1849). The lyrics are sometimes attributed to a George Sloane, about whom, however, very little is known. One source gives 1882 as Sloane's date of birth, but that seems highly improbable given that the piece was already known as “I've been roaming” well before that date.
I've been roaming, I've been roaming
Where the meadow dew is sweet,
And I'm coming, and I'm coming
With its pearls upon my feet.
The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.
This Larghetto is the third movement of the second of 5 Divertimentos for three basset horns composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1783 to 1785.
This Irish tune is taken from Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. It can be played as a reel or as a slow air.
This energetic study in triplets is the twenty-second piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.
These two slow polonaises constitute the third movement of the fifth of Jacques-Christophe Naudot's 6 Babioles pour 2 Vieles, Musettes, Flutes-a-bec, Flutes traversieres, Haubois, ou Violons, sans Basse. The French term babiole humbly indicates something of little value or importance, a trifle.