Wednesday 1 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Presto by Quantz

 from Flute Duet No. 2 in A minor

This is the third movement of a Flute Duet in A minor that the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz composed in 1759.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 2 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the third étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Friday 3 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

 Traditional Negro spiritual

This song dates back to the era of slavery in the United States, when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. The song is an expression of pain and despair as it conveys the hopelessness of a child who has been torn from his or her parents.

An early performance of the song dates back to the 1870s by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Like many traditional songs, it has many variations and has been recorded widely.

Thanks to Lucia for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Spirituals Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 4 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Arioso by Frederick the Great

 from Sonata in G minor

Today we propose the opening movement of a sonata in G minor written by King Frederick II of Prussia, who as you may know was also a talented flutist and composer.

Thanks to Lucas for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 5 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Courante by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Baroque Courantes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 6 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This study in articulation is étude No. 21 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 7 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Ta-pum

 Traditional Italian folk tune

This is one of the best-known Italian folk songs from World War I. It is part of the traditional repertoire of the Alpini, a mountain infantry corps of the Italian Army. The song's title imitates the shots of the Austro-Hungarian rifles.

Thanks to Marina for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 8 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Allegro in F major is the fourth and final movement of the fifth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 9 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Quantz

 from Flute Duet No. 3 in B minor

This is the opening movement of a Flute Duet in B minor that the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz composed in 1759.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 10 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the fourth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 11 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Bonny Kate

 Traditional English dance tune

This tune, also known as “Black Legs”, was first published under the title “Bonny Kate” in John Johnson’s Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances (London, 1758). It was not originally a polka but rather a common-time vehicle for a country dance; however, it has been popularized in modern times as a polka by the New Victory Band and others.

Categories: Dance tunes Polkas Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 12 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in D minor

This Allegro is the second movement of Sonata No. 9 in D 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
Monday 13 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Largo in G major opens the fifth 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: easy
Tuesday 14 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This is étude No. 22 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 15 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Hail, Columbia

 American patriotic song

This song was considered, with several others, one of the unofficial national anthems of the United States until 1931, when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially named the national anthem. Columbia is a poetic name for the United States in use during the 18th century.

The anthem was composed by violinist Philip Phile in 1789 for the first inauguration of George Washington, titled “The President's March”, arranged with lyrics by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798. It was used in the United States as a de-facto national anthem for most of the 19th century, but lost popularity after World War I.

It is now the entrance march, or the official song, for the Vice President of the United States in a similar fashion as “Hail to the Chief” is for the President. In addition, the song has been used as a slow march during military ceremonies, often while the band counter-marches.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: PatrioticDifficulty: easy
Thursday 16 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Wanhal

 from Sonata in G major

This Adagio in D major is the second movement of a Sonata in G major for flute or violin written by Czech composer Johann Baptist Wanhal.

Categories: Classical SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 17 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Allegro in G major is the second movement of the fifth sonata from 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
Saturday 18 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the fifth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Sunday 19 May 2013

Tune of the Day: The Sash My Father Wore

 Traditional folk tune

This ballad commemorates the victory of King William III in the Williamite war in Ireland in 1690–1691. It is popular amongst Ulster loyalists and many unionists in Northern Ireland, as well as in parts of Scotland, where it can often be heard sung at football games by supporters of Rangers F.C. and in England, albeit as a variant called “The Scarf”.

The lyrics are thought to be around 100 years old, and the melody has been traced back to the early 19th century. The earliest known printing of the tune is from 1876. It was well known around Europe, and before the lyrics were added, it was a love song that lamented division between people.

The tune is also used by Liverpool F.C. fans in their song “Poor Scouser Tommy”.

Thanks to Alfred for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Ballads Sports music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 20 May 2013

Tune of the Day: El entrerriano

 Tango by Rosendo Mendizabal

Today we propose one of the most famous tangos composed by Argentinian pianist Rosendo Mendizabal. The tune was first heard in 1897 at a dance hall in Buenos Aires where Mendizabal played.

Many thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 21 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Quantz

 from Flute Duet No. 3 in B minor

This “Larghetto alla Siciliana” in G major is the central movement of a Flute Duet in B minor that the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz composed in 1759.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 22 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This study in articulation is étude No. 23 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 23 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

 United States patriotic song

This song was very popular during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, especially during the Civil War era. It functioned as an unofficial national anthem in competition with “Hail, Columbia” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” until the latter's formal adoption as the national anthem of the United States in 1931.

Historical sources generally agree that in the autumn of 1843 an actor named David T. Shaw wanted a new patriotic song to sing at a benefit performance. He gained the assistance of a fellow performer, Thomas à Becket, who wrote the lyrics and melody for him. Shaw published the song under his own name, but Becket was able to prove his authorship by means of his original handwritten composition. There remains some disagreement as to whether other versions of the song predated Becket's composition or followed it.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: American Civil War PatrioticDifficulty: easy
Friday 24 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Adagio in D minor is the third movement of the fifth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 25 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Allegro in E minor is the third movement of the fifth sonata from 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: easy
Sunday 26 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the sixth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Monday 27 May 2013

Tune of the Day: The Hungarian March

 Traditional English tune

This country dance tune first appeared in David Rutherford’s Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances, published in London in 1756.

This is not to be confused with the march of the same name from Berlioz's La damnation de Faust.

Categories: Dance tunes Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 28 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Derecho viejo

 Tango milonga by Eduardo Arolas

Argentinian bandoneon player and composer Eduardo Arolas wrote this tango between 1913 and 1916. The title, “Derecho viejo”, is an expression used in Argentina to depict the attitude of going and doing something without hesitation.

Many thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 29 May 2013

Tune of the Day: Gavotte by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Gavotte in G major is the fourth and last movement of the fifth sonata from Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's second book of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 30 May 2013

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

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Today we propose étude No. 24 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 31 May 2013

Tune of the Day: You're a Grand Old Flag

 American patriotic march

This spirited march was written by George M. Cohan as a tribute to the American flag. It incorporates snippets of other popular songs, including “Auld Lang Syne”, “Dixie” and “Yankee Doodle”. Cohan wrote it in 1906 for George Washington, Jr., his stage musical. The song was first publicly performed at Herald Square Theater in New York City, and quickly became the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches PatrioticDifficulty: easy