Friday 1 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Santianna

 Traditional sea shanty

This shanty is popularly supposed to have been started by British seamen who jumped ship to serve with Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna in the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). Tension between the USA and Britain was still high, and Santa Anna became a hero-figure to those countries opposing the US.

A French-language version of the song, “Santiano”, was popularized first in the early 1960s by Hugues Aufray, then in 2005 when it was successfully covered by Star Academy 5. It is now by far the most well-known shanty in France.

Thanks to Guillaume for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Sea shanties Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 2 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Air varié by Demersseman

 for Flute and Piano

Today we propose a cheerful piece for flute and piano by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman. It is composed of two parts, a 6/8-time Andante and a 2/4-time Allegro.

Thanks to Bruno for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 3 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Carillon by Bizet

 from “L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1”, transcribed for two flutes

This is the fourth and last piece from the first of the two suites taken from the incidental music that Georges Bizet composed for Daudet's theatrical play L'Arlésienne. this “Carillon” features a repeating bell-tone pattern on the horns, mimicking a peal of church bells. It is interesting to observe that the central Andantino is an actual flute duet in the original arrangement.

Thanks to Leah for suggesting this piece!

Categories: RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 4 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This étude in B minor is taken from the first book of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler. It mainly focuses on articulation, and at the beginning you will find the indication molto staccato, demanding for a very sharp staccato.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 5 June 2012

Tune of the Day: The Midlothian Pipe Band

 Traditional pipe tune

This 6/8-time march was composed by Farquhar Beaton, who was Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders of Canada from 1900 to 1913. Pipe Major Beaton experimented with part-playing on Highland bagpipes, and is responsible for introducing the playing of parts in pipe bands in Canada.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 6 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Adagio by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This Adagio is the opening movement of Sonata No. 3 in B minor from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 7 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Scherer

 from Flute Trio No. 1

This is the opening Allegro of a Sonata in G major written for three German flutes by Johann Scherer, a German composer of the 18th century.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 8 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Berbiguier

 from “Eighteen Exercises or Etudes for Flute”

Here is the fourth étude from 18 exercices pour la flûte traversière by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier. You will probably find it a little more challenging than the other ones we have posted.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Saturday 9 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Le Cabriolet

 Traditional French tune

This French country dance tune appears in the 1757 contradance book (tunes with dance instructions) of Robert Daubat (who styled himself “Robert d'Aubat de Saint-Flour”), a French dancing master who taught at several schools and theaters in Gent, Belgium.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 10 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Adagio in A minor by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

No, this is not that Adagio by Albinoni, which by the way is not by Albinoni at all. (The infamous Adagio in G minor was composed by Remo Giazotto in 1958, and is still subject to copyright.) Instead, this is an actual Baroque composition, the third movement of an A-minor sonata written by Tomaso Albinoni around 1712.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Monday 11 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Largo by Scherer

 from Flute Trio No. 1

Here is the relatively slow second movement of a Sonata in G for three flutes written by Johann Scherer in the 18th century.

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 12 June 2012

Tune of the Day: By the Seaside

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This étude is No. 21 of Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. It is also known under its French title “Au bord de la mer”, and as the indication at the beginning of the piece says, it should be played imitating the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 13 June 2012

Tune of the Day: The Fairhaired Boy

 Traditional Irish jig

This Dorian-mode tune, which dates back to at least the first half of the 19th century, also goes by the titles “The Freheen Jig” and “The Boys from Carrickroe”. The title “The Fairhaired Boy” is sometimes seen as a reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart, who was known by the allegorical name “The Fair Lad“ (“An Buachall Bán”).

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 14 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This lively Allegro in A minor is the second movement of the sixth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni, who originally composed it for violin and basso continuo.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 15 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Duet in F-sharp minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

Today's piece is duet No. 10 from the first volume of Ernesto Köhler's Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 16 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat major by Berbiguier

 from “Eighteen Exercises or Etudes for Flute”

This is the fifth technical étude from 18 exercices pour la flûte traversière by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier. To be played with metronomic regularity.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 17 June 2012

Tune of the Day: General Elliot's Delight

 Traditional English jig

This melody first appeared in print in a 1765 country dance collection published in London by Charles and Samuel Thompson. The title refers to General George Augustus Elliot (c. 1718–1790), a military officer renowned for his intellect, self-discipline, and his skillful handling of troops.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 18 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Grave by Platti

 from Flute Sonata No. 2

This is the opening movement of a Sonata for flute and basso continuo in G major, composed around 1743 by Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Platti.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 19 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Scherer

 from Flute Trio No. 1

This is the third movement of a Sonata in G for three flutes written by the 18th-century German composer Johann Scherer.

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 20 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This 4/8-time étude in A major is taken from the first book of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian composer Ernesto Köhler.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 21 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Centennial Waltz

 A Canadian waltz by Don Messer

This B-flat-major waltz was composed by fiddler Don Messer, probably in honor of the Canadian Centennial in 1967. Messer became widely popular throughout Canada as a result of his radio broadcasts and long-running television show, Don Messer’s Jubilee.

Categories: Traditional/Folk WaltzesDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 22 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Little Serenade

 by Joseph Haydn

Today we propose the melody of a short piece for solo piano attributed to the great Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn. The piece appears in at least a couple collections of piano pieces, but unfortunately none of these books seems to mention an opus number for it. It is actually quite possible that the piece was not composed by Haydn, especially given its resemblance to the famous Serenade by Roman Hofstetter, which also used to be attributed to Haydn.

Thanks to Henry for suggesting this piece!

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: easy
Saturday 23 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Menuet by Scherer

 from Flute Trio No. 1

This Menuet and its accompanying Trio constitute the closing movement of a Sonata in G major written for three flutes by Johann Scherer, a German composer of the 18th century.

Categories: Classical Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 24 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Berbiguier

 from “Eighteen Exercises or Etudes for Flute”

This study in triplets is taken from 18 exercices pour la flûte traversière by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 25 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Holden's March

 Traditional English tune

This march tune appears in the music manuscript book of James Findlay, dated 1841. Findlay was originally from Scotland, but emigrated with his brothers to Australia, where he settled on a farm in the Upper Murray. His manuscript was found in an old sea chest at the family homestead in 2000 by his grand-daughter, Ada Findlay.

Categories: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 26 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Larghetto in A minor is the opening movement of the sixth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 27 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Scherer

 from Flute Trio No. 2

This is the first movement of the second Sonata for three flutes by Johann Scherer.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 28 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

Here is a new étude from the first book of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 29 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle

 Traditional Scottish pipe march

The Campbell referred to in the title is probably Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, who led troops in the massacre of Glencoe Pass in 1692. Redcastle is a village on the north side of Beauly Firth, approximately 100 miles from Glencoe; its castle, built in 1179, is now in a state of ruinous disrepair, but it was until relatively recently one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland.

The Scots Guards Standard Pipe Settings suggests that “The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel” follow “Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle”. The march also found its way across the Atlantic, where it's played in Old-Time and Bluegrass circles.

Categories: Celtic Music Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 30 June 2012

Tune of the Day: Giga in E minor by Platti

 from Flute Sonata No. 3

This is the final movement of a Sonata for flute and basso continuo in E minor, composed around 1743 by Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Platti.

Thanks to Nina for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Jigs Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate