Monday 24 September 2018
from Trio Sonata in E-flat major, transcribed for two flutes
Today we propose the opening movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 11 in E-flat major. You may notice that the key signature has only 2 flats instead of 3, despite the piece being in E-flat major. This kind of discrepancy was relatively common during the Baroque period.
This piece was originally composed for two violins and continuo. A couple of notes have been altered to make it playable on the flute, namely three Bb3 which have been raised: the 2nd note of measure 3 and the 7th note of measure 12 in the first violin, and the 2nd note of measure 4 in the second violin.
Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!
Sunday 23 September 2018
This is the fifteenth piece from a collection of 17 Capricci for Flauto Traverso by Italian flutist and composer Filippo Ruge. Born in Rome around 1725, Ruge appears to have spent most of his professional life in France, and especially in Paris, where several of his compositions were published, ranging from small-scale chamber music to large-scale symphonic works.
Saturday 22 September 2018
Traditional Scottish strathspey
This traditional Scottish tune appears in the 5th volume of James Aird's Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in Glasgow in 1797.
Cameron House, an 18th-century baronial mansion, was built on the remains of a 14th-century keep in Luss, on the southwest shore of Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire (now Argyll and Bute).
Friday 21 September 2018
from “40 Esercizi per Flauto”
Today's piece is the twenty-first study from 40 Esercizi per Flauto (40 Exercises for Flute), Op. 101, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.
Thursday 20 September 2018
from “Le petit chaperon rouge”, arranged for two flutes
This melody appears, as a ronde for voice and piano with first line “Depuis longtemps, gentille Anette”, near the end of Act I of the 1818 opera Le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) by French composer François-Adrien Boieldieu.
The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Today we propose the second movement of Amusement palatin, a suite for solo instrument (“musette, vielle, flute and oboe” according to the original edition) and continuo by the French Baroque composer Nicolas Chédeville. The French title “Le Cerf” translates as “The Deer”.
Tuesday 18 September 2018
This air was first published in London by John Young in the Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1718). However, William Stenhouse, in commentary on The Scots Musical Museum, claims to have had a manuscript version from 1709. John Gay employed the melody in The Beggar's Opera (1729) for a song by Lucy beginning “I'm like a skiff on the ocean toss'd”. Subsequently, it was included in a number of ballad operas of the period.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!