Today's tune is taken from a collection kindly donated to us by piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This piece was composed by his son, Rory, who recorded it on his 2001 album Nusa. You can listen to this bagpipe rendition here.
Today we propose a little study in B-flat major by British flutist and composer John Clinton. It was first published in London in 1843, as part of his A Theoretical and Practical Essay on the Boehm Flute.
This Allegro is the second movement of a sonata for 2 flutes in D minor by the German Baroque composer and music theorist Johann Mattheson. It was published in Amsterdam in 1708.
This is the thirteenth of Jean-Daniel Braun's Pièces sans basse for flute or bassoon, published in Paris in 1740 together with Braun's Flute Sonata in E minor. These solo pieces are usually attributed to Braun, even though the front page states that they are “by the same author as well as by various others”.
This piece is unique in Braun's collection in that it features the appearance of a second voice during sustained trills. We are not entirely certain as to whether the composer intended these additional notes to be played inside the trill, breaking it, or if a second player is required to play them; we are however more inclined towards the latter hypothesis.
The earliest appearance of this jig is found in the c. 1841 manuscript collection of Dublin collector Henry Hudson. In Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910), Francis O'Neill says the tune is “probably not a very ancient composition. It was not known, evidently, to any collectors of Irish folk music before Dr. Hudson obtained a setting of it from a noted piper named Sullivan, in the County of Cork (a rival of another musician called Reilaghan). The tune has found its way into American collections of harmonized melodies.”
This Cantabile in the romantic style is the fifth study from a collection of 24 esercizi by Italian flutist and composer Vincenzo De Michelis.
This is the opening movement of a sonata for 2 flutes in D minor by the German Baroque composer and music theorist Johann Mattheson. It was published in Amsterdam in 1708.