This is the fourteenth piece from a collection of 20 Capricci by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It is not certain when these caprices were composed, but scholars tend to associate them with Mercadante's early years in Naples, between 1811 and 1814.
The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. Carrick is a name shared by over 30 townlands all over Ireland, so it seems difficult to establish which one the title might refer to.
Today we propose the last piece from 15 Etudes modernes, élégantes et progressives by Italian Romantic flutist Giuseppe Gariboldi. It alternates between fast chromatic runs and double-tongued staccato passages.
This is the sixteenth piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.
In a performance setting, this piece is intended to be played sandwiched between two instances of the preceding Duet No. 15.
Today's piece, written in 1985, was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.
This Andante for flute and piano is one of my earliest pieces (as can be derived from the low opus number), and represents the first step in a discovery journey into the world of composition. It was written in the key of D minor, partly because D is a relatively easy note to play in tune (as a beginner on the flute).
After the exposition of the theme by the flute in the first eight bars, it is repeated by the piano. In the second part of this small piece, a somewhat more moving theme is offered, which is immediately transferred to the left hand of the piano. Finally, the last phrase contains a continuation of the opening theme, concluded with a Picardy cadence.
The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. O'Neill's source for this tune was Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down.
This is the fifth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.