These paired minuets for two flutes are taken from the Nouvelle Méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte by French flutist and composer François Devienne, published in 1794.
Johann Sebastian Bach composed the Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin, BWV 1002, in 1720. What we present today is a transcription for solo flute of the fifth movement (or third movement, depending on whether you count the doubles as separate movements) of this Partita, the sarabande. In order to fit the range of the flute, the piece has been transposed from B minor to E minor.
Today's tune comes from the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland, notated by his student.
This study is the third piece from 24 Technische Studien für Flöte (24 Technical Studies), Op. 11, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1911.
Watch out for accidentals! In the central section, the piece modulates all the way to the distant key of C-sharp major!
This is the opening movement of the second 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.
This gigue is the fifth and final movement of the second sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.
The earliest appearance of this reel is, under the title “Free and Easy”, in the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind Irish fiddler, notated by his pupil Thomas Rice and later copied by Sgt. James P. Walsh of the Chicago police in the early 20th century.