The only known appearance of this reel in print is in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. We transposed the melody from G major to B-flat major to better fit the range of the flute.
This study on single tonguing is the second piece from 20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli per il Flauto (“20 progressive and delightful studies for the flute”) by Italian flutist Camillo Romanino.
This air is sung by Marguerite, the elderly housekeeper of the Counts of Avenel, in Act II of François-Adrien Boieldieu's 1825 opera La dame blanche (The White Lady). In the lyrics, the pauvre (‛poor’) Marguerite laments getting old.
The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.
This allemanda is the opening 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.
This popular reel has long been a mainstay of Scottish tradition, and has been subsumed into the Irish. The earliest record of the tune is in Scottish musician David Young's manuscript of 1734, also known as the Drummond Castle manuscript.
To this day, the tune often accompanies a famous Highland Dance in which the dancers symbolically simulate the shape of deer's antlers with arms and fingers.
Today's piece is the thirty-sixth study from 40 Esercizi per Flauto (40 Exercises for Flute), Op. 101, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.
This simple, yet beautiful duet is taken from the Nouvelle Méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte by French flutist and composer François Devienne, published in 1794.