Sunday 1 December 2013

Tune of the Day: O'Reilly's Fancy

 Traditional Irish reel

This traditional Irish reel in E minor appears in O'Neill's Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 2 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This Allegro is the central 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
Tuesday 3 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Prélude in B minor

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This prelude opens the fourth section of the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 4 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the sixth 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
Thursday 5 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Seymour's Whim

 Traditional English tune

This D-major jig was originally published in John Hinton's periodical Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (London, 1759).

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 6 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sarabandes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 7 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Tempo di Minuetto by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Allegro is the fourth 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
Sunday 8 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 9 December 2013

Tune of the Day: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

 Popular american song

This slow waltz, composed by songwriter and actor John Kellette, debuted in 1918. It was a major Tin Pan Alley hit, and was performed and recorded by most major singers and bands of the late 1910s and early 1920s.

Thanks to Frank for suggesting this song!

Categories: Sports music WaltzesDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 10 December 2013

Tune of the Day: A Tempo di Minuet by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the seventh and last 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
Wednesday 11 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Les Mitrons

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This rondeau is the second duet in B minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 12 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the seventh 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
Friday 13 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Tady's Wattle

 Traditional Irish reel

The earliest appearance of this tune in print seems to be in James Aird's 1782 collection. The title means something like “Teddy's stick”.

Thanks to Simone for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 14 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Allegro in G major is the second movement of the ninth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 15 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Giga by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Giga is the fifth and last 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
Monday 16 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 17 December 2013

Tune of the Day: The Parting Kiss

 Traditional Scottish tune

This Scottish country dance tune appears in the second volume of James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in 1782.

Categories: Celtic Music Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 18 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Minuet by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This Minuet and the two variations that accompany it constitute the final movement of Sonata No. 12 in G major fromJohn Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Minuets Variations Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 19 December 2013

Tune of the Day: La Courtoise

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This is the third duet in B minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 20 December 2013

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

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the eighth 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
Saturday 21 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Canty Jean

 Traditional Scottish tune

This D-major strathspey appears in William C. Honeyman's The Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor, published in 1898. ‛Canty’ means jolly or happy in Scottish dialect.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 22 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Gayment by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Monday 23 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A major

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 24 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 25 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Kling, Glöckchen

 Traditional German Christmas carol

The title of this 19th-century Christmas carol means “Ring, Little Bell”. The lyrics to it were written by Karl Enslin to a traditional German folk tune; according to other sources, however, the music was written in 1884 by German composer Benedikt Widmann.

Ring, little bell, ring-a-ling-a-ling,
Ring, little bell, ring!
Let me in, you kids,
So cold is the winter,
Open the doors for me,
Don't let me freeze!

Merry Christmas!

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 26 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Andante in E minor is the third movement of the ninth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 27 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the fourth and final movement of a little Sonata in G minor for two flutes written by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 28 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the ninth 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 29 December 2013

Tune of the Day: La Sablonnière Italienne

 Traditional French tune

This country dance tune appears in Robert Daubat's Cent Contredanses en Rond, published in 1757. The title could be roughly translated as The Italian Sandpit.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 30 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Gravement by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in D major

Today we propose the opening movement of a flute sonata in D major by Jean-Christophe Naudot, a French composer and flutist of the early 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 31 December 2013

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A major

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate