Friday 1 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Minuetto by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 2 in C major

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

Categories: Classical Minuets Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 2 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Largo in G major is the second movement of the third sonata from 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: easy
Sunday 3 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This étude in G 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
Monday 4 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Scarborough Whim

 Traditional English dance tune

The title of this country dance tune refers to the seaside spa town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, which is often remembered for the song “Scarborough Fair”. Today's melody appears in the first volume of Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances, which was first published circa 1756.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 5 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The Larghetto in D minor we present today is the second movement of the fourth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 6 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in B minor by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

This is duet No. 11 from the first volume of Luigi Hugues's La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute).

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 7 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 14 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

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

Tune of the Day: My Own Dear Maid

 Traditional Irish air

This one-part air appears in P.W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, published in 1909. Joyce says he copied the tune about 1873 from a manuscript lent to him from near Lough Conn, County Mayo.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 9 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Giga by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in A minor

This is the closing 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 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Gavotte by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Gavotte in G major is the third movement of the third sonata from 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 Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 11 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Teasing

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This étude is taken from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. Make sure not to insist on the eighth-notes that come after a triplet, and try to keep the grace notes as short as possible.

Thanks to Shaoyi for suggesting this piece!

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

Tune of the Day: Cannie Hobbie Elliot

 Traditional English jig

This compound-triple-time jig comes from Northumberland. It appeared in print as early as 1759 in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion.

A couple years ago, the English folk group The Unthanks recorded a version of this piece on their album Last.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 13 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Grave by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 4 in G minor

This Grave in D minor is the central movement of a Sonata in G minor for flute and continuo, written around 1750 by Italian Classical composer Giuseppe Sarti.

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

Tune of the Day: Duet in C major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

This is duet No. 12 from the first volume of Luigi Hugues's La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute).

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 15 March 2013

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

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 15 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 16 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Bonny at Morn

 Traditional English air

The title of this air appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes, which he published circa 1800. The poem which is sung to this melody takes a curious twofold form; in part it is a lullaby addressed to a baby, and in part it is reproach to a lazy son who is “ower lang” in his bed and won't get up.

Categories: Lullabies Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 17 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 18 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Sarabande in G major is the third movement of the third sonata from 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 Sarabandes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 19 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This étude in E 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
Wednesday 20 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Beauty in Tears

 Traditional Irish air

The tune we present today is an old 3/4-time Irish air, which is attributed by O’Neill in his Music of Ireland to the famous harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738).

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 21 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Spirituoso by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This slow Spirituoso is the opening movement of Sonata No. 8 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
Friday 22 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

This is duet No. 13 from the first volume of Luigi Hugues's La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute).

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

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

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 16 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Sunday 24 March 2013

Tune of the Day: The Hen and Chickens

 Traditional English dance tune

This common-time country dance tune was described as an “English Contra Dance” in the circa-1867 collection Howe's 1000 Jigs and Reels.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 25 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 1 in F major

This is the opening movement of a Sonata in F major for recorder and basso continuo, written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.

Thanks to Lucas for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 26 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This is the fifth movement of the third sonata from 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
Wednesday 27 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Zig-Zag

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This is étude No. 8 from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. Make sure not to insist on the eighth-notes that come after a triplet, and try to play the piece wittily but clearly.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 28 March 2013

Tune of the Day: The Mary and Dorothy

 Traditional English dance tune

This E-minor dance tune dates to circa 1728, and was printed by Playford in The English Dancing Master.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 29 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 30 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This is the sixth movement of the third sonata from 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: easy
Sunday 31 March 2013

Tune of the Day: Russian Dance

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This is the last étude from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. It consists of a lively “Allegro vivo” in E major and a melancholic Andantino in A minor.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 31 March 2013

Site update: Happy birthday, flutetunes.com!

Today our site turns four years old!

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