Friday 1 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Les Muguets

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This is the fourth duet in G major from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. “Les Muguets” is French for “The Lilies of the Valley”.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 2 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the second study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 3 November 2013

Tune of the Day: The Deceitful Stranger

 Traditional Irish air

This melody appears in O'Neill's Irish Music, a collection of over 400 airs, jigs, reels and hornpipes dating from circa 1915.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 4 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Alla Breve by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the fifth movement of a sonata in B minor for flute and harpsichord, sometimes referred to as HWV 367b, by George Frideric Handel. It was originally composed around 1712 as a recorder sonata in D minor, version that is now known as HWV 367a.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 5 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Gavotta by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in D major

This gavotte is the fifth and final movement of a Sonata in D major for two flutes by French Baroque composer Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 6 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

This is the very first study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 7 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Glen Lyon's Rant

 Traditional Scottish strathspey

This melody first appears in John and Andrew Gow's A Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels, published in London around 1795.

Glen Lyon is a valley in the Perth and Kinross region of Scotland. It is the longest enclosed glen in Scotland, running for 34 miles from Loch Lyon in the west to the village of Fortingall in the east.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 8 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The Allegro in E minor we present today is the fourth and final movement of the eighth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 9 November 2013

Tune of the Day: La Courtisane

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This is the fifth duet in G major from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Sunday 10 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the third study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 11 November 2013

Tune of the Day: The Brighton Puzzle

 Traditional English tune

This English country dance tune appears in Twenty-four Country Dances for the Year 1808 with proper Tunes & Directions to each Dance as they may be performed at Court, Bath, and all Public Assemblys, published in London by Goulding & Co.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 12 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This Largo is the opening movement of Sonata No. 12 in G major from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 13 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Andante by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Andante is the opening movement of a Sonata in G major for two flutes by French Baroque composer Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 14 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the second study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 15 November 2013

Tune of the Day: The Wind that Shakes the Barley

 Traditional Irish slow air

“The Wind That Shakes the Barley“ is an Irish ballad written by Robert Dwyer Joyce, a Limerick-born poet of the 19th-century. The tune we propose today is the basic melody to which it is usually sung.

The song's title was borrowed for Ken Loach's 2006 film of the same name, which features the song in one scene.

An unrelated fast Irish reel titled “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” also exists.

Categories: Ballads Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 16 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Allemande by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

This Allemande constitutes the second movement of a flute sonata in E minor by Jean-Christophe Naudot, a French composer and flutist of the early 18th century.

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 17 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Les Singes

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This canon is the sixth duet in G major from the 55 Easy Pieces by Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. The French title “Les Singes” means “The Monkeys”.

Categories: Baroque Canons Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 18 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the fourth study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 19 November 2013

Tune of the Day: His Eye is on the Sparrow

 Gospel hymn tune

This Gospel hymn tune, written in 1905 by composer Charles H. Gabriel, is a staple of African-American worship services. The song is sometimes associated with actress-singer Ethel Waters, who used the title for her autobiography.

Whitney Houston recorded a version of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” for the soundtrack of the 2012 musical film Sparkle.

Categories: Christian music Gospel music Hymn tunesDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 20 November 2013

Tune of the Day: La bandoline

 by François Couperin, transcribed for solo flute

This piece was originally written for harpsichord by François Couperin, a French composer, organist and harpsichordist of the Baroque period. It is taken from the fifth ordre of his Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, published in 1713.

Thanks to Alex for suggesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 21 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Allegro is the second movement of a Sonata in G major for two flutes by French Baroque composer Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 22 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the third study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 23 November 2013

Tune of the Day: The Lowdon

 Traditional English tune

This English country dance tune appears to be unique to Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3, published in London in 1773.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 24 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Andante by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the sixth movement of a sonata in B minor for flute and harpsichord, sometimes referred to as HWV 367b, by George Frideric Handel. It was originally composed around 1712 as a recorder sonata in D minor, version that is now known as HWV 367a.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 25 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Les Jongleurs

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This is the last duet in G major from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 26 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the fifth study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 27 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Marquis of Queensbury

 Traditional Scottish reel

Given this reel's first appearance in Joseph Lowe's Collection, it is likely that it refers to Archibald William Douglas, 7th Marquis of Queensbury. “The Marquis of Queensbury” has been a popular tune among Cape Breton fiddlers.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 28 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Grave Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This “Grave Adagio” in G major is the opening movement of the ninth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 29 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Aria by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Aria is the third movement of a Sonata in G major for two flutes by French Baroque composer Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 30 November 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the fourth study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy