Friday 1 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in D minor

This Allegro is the second movement of a Sonata in D minor written for two flutes by Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Thanks to Beth for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 2 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Telemann

 from “Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses”

This is the fourth and final movement from the third of Telemann's Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 3 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This étude in G major is taken from the second book of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian composer Ernesto Köhler.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 4 February 2013

Tune of the Day: March on the Drina

 Serbian patriotic song

During World War I, the river Drina was the site of a bloody battle between the Austro-Hungarian army and the allied forces of the Serbian army, the Battle of Cer. The triumph of the Serbians over their numerically superior opponents marked the first Allied victory over the Central Powers during the First World War. To honour the bravery of the fallen, the Serbian composer Stanislav Binički composed this march, titled “Marš na Drinu”. The song has become a symbol of the bravery of the Serbs during the First World War.

The piece became an international hit and a staple of world music after Danish guitarist Jorgen Ingmann had a number one hit on the Danish pop singles chart in 1963 in a version arranged for solo electric guitar.

Thanks to Sarah for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Military music PatrioticDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 5 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Presto by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The Presto in B-flat major we present today is the fourth movement of the third Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 6 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This piece, written in the style of a Polonaise, is duet No. 1 from the second volume of Ernesto Köhler's Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies.

Categories: Polonaises Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 7 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 11 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Friday 8 February 2013

Tune of the Day: The Highlanders in Paris

 Traditional Scottish Strathspey

This Scottish strathspey is taken from Kerr's Collection of Merry Melodies for the Violin, published in Glasgow around 1880.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 9 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in A minor

This binary-form Allegro is the second movement of Sonata No. 7 in A minor 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
Sunday 10 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in D minor

This Allemande is the opening movement of a Sonata in D minor written for two flutes by Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 11 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This “Moderato assai” in G minor is study No. 22 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 12 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Our Highland Queen

 by James Scott Skinner

This tune, which can be played as a pastoral air or as a slow strathspey, was composed in honor of Queen Victoria by James Scott Skinner (1843–1927), a famous Scottish dancing master, fiddler and composer.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 13 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 2 in C major

This Allegro is the central movement of a Sonata in C major for flute and continuo, written around 1750 by Italian Classical composer Giuseppe Sarti.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 14 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G minor

This Allegro in G minor is the fourth movement of the fourth sonata from the second book of Belgian composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 15 February 2013

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 second book of Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies by Italian composer Ernesto Köhler.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 16 February 2013

Tune of the Day: The Battle Cry of Freedom

 American Civil War song

The “Battle Cry of Freedom” was written by American composer George Frederick Root in 1862, during the American Civil War. A patriotic song advocating the cause of the Union, it became so popular that composer H.L. Schreiner and lyricist W.H. Barnes adapted it for the Confederate States of America. The Union version was used as the campaign song for the Lincoln-Johnson ticket in the 1864 presidential election. The song was so popular that the music publisher at one time had 14 printing presses going at one time and still could not keep up with demand. It is estimated that over 700,000 copies of this song were put in circulation.

Categories: American Civil War PatrioticDifficulty: easy
Sunday 17 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Grave Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The “Grave Adagio” in D minor we present today is the opening movement of the fourth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 18 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Vivace in G major opens the third of Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's second book of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 19 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 12 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 20 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Le Boudin

 French military march

This is the official march of the French Foreign Legion, a military service wing of the French Army which was exclusively created for foreign nationals willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. “Le Boudin” is a reference to boudin, a type of blood sausage, but colloquially it meant the gear (rolled up in a red blanket) that used to top the backpacks of Legionnaires.

The tune was composed prior to the Legion's departure for Mexico in the 1860s by engineer and composer Guillaume-Louis Bocquillon, usually known as just “Wilhelm”.

It is interesting to observe that the Legion marches at only 88 steps per minute, much slower than the 120 steps per minute of all other French military units. Consequently, the Legion contingent at the Bastille Day military parade march brings up the rear. Nevertheless, the Legion usually gets the most enthusiastic response from the crowd.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Military musicDifficulty: easy
Thursday 21 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Balladine by Demersseman

 for flute and piano

This “little ballade” is the first of 6 easy fantaisies published as Op. 28 by French Romantic flutist Jules Demersseman. The piece features a rather plaintive introduction in D minor, but after 14 measures it shifts to D major, and stays in that key till the end.

Thanks to Bruno for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 22 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in A minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

Today's piece is duet No. 3 from the second volume of Ernesto Köhler's Twenty Easy Melodic Progressive Studies.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 23 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This “Andante con moto” in F major is study No. 23 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 24 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Paddy from Cork

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest appearance of this jig in print is in Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman's mid-19th-century manuscripts. Goodman was an uilleann piper who collected traditional tunes locally in County Cork and elsewhere in Munster.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 25 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Minuet by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in A minor

This Minuet is the third movement of Sonata No. 7 in A minor from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Minuets Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 26 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Presto by Schultze

 from Sonata for two flutes in E minor

This Presto is the fourth and final movement of a Sonata in E minor for two flutes or recorders by German composer Johann Christoph Schultze.

Thanks to Heidi for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 27 February 2013

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

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 13 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 28 February 2013

Tune of the Day: Lord Cathcart's Minuet

 Traditional English tune

This minuet appears in the music manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr., who in 1775 was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment and participated in Montgomery’s invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Québec from British control. The title of the piece refers to a popular military figure of the time, Lord Cathcart, the descendant of a Scottish noble family.

Categories: Minuets Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy