“Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” (Cailin Deas Crúite na mBó in the Irish language) is a traditional 18th-century Irish ballad. The song was originally sung in Irish Gaelic, but there is also an English version, attributed to Thomas Moore. It was popular through the early 20th century, and enjoyed a revival when an updated swing version sung by Irish-American singer/actress Judy Garland was featured in the 1940 film Little Nellie Kelly. It remained a popular number for Garland throughout her career.
This is the eleventh piece from 24 Etudes mélodiques, Op. 110 by German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer. This collection has also been published in English as 24 Melodic Exercises.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.