Monday 1 July 2013

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

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Today we propose étude No. 28 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 2 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Bill Black's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish tune

This hornpipe in G major appears in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in 1903.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 3 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The Allegro in D major we present today is the second movement of the seventh Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 4 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in D minor

This Allegro in rondo form constitutes the final movement of a Sonata in D minor for two flutes composed by Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 5 July 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This light and fast 4/8-time piece is the twelfth 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
Saturday 6 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Ay Mamá Inés

 Traditinal Cuban song

This is a folk song that every Cuban knows, young or old, on or off the island. Some may not know the words, but the melody is inescapable!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 7 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Wanhal

 from Flute Sonata in G major

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

Categories: Classical SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 8 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This “Andante non moderato” is the first piece from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 9 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Today we propose étude No. 29 from Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 10 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Annan Polka

 Traditional Scottish tune

This traditional Scottish polka was derived from Johann Strauss Sr.’s “Beliebte Annen Polka”, composed in 1842. Seattle fiddler Vivian Williams, who discovered the connection, notes that the Strauss piece should non be confused with Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Annen Polka”, written in 1852.

Categories: Polkas Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 11 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Don Pedro

 Tango criollo by Angel Villoldo

In 1911, on a visit to Buenos Aires, the famous Italian composer Pietro Mascagni conducted his opera Isabeau at the Teatro Coliseo. A little bit later, Ángel Villoldo paid a tribute to the composer of Cavallería rusticana by publishing the instrumental tango “Don Pedro”, which Villoldo dedicated “to the eximious Italian maestro Pietro Mascagni”.

Many thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 12 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 13 July 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the thirteenth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo. It is marked quasi 2 flauti, meaning that it should almost sound as if it were played by two flutes; which is why it is written as two distinct voices.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Sunday 14 July 2013

Tune of the Day: The Siege of Limerick

 Traditional English dance tune

The title of this tune refers to an event in the year 1691, when William of Orange invaded Ireland and defeated the native Irish forces. The melody seems to be a composition of the famous English composer Henry Purcell, first appearing as part of his incidental music to the play The Prophetess, staged in London 1690. Henry Playford published the tune in the 9th edition of the Dancing Master (1695).

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 15 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by Pachelbel

 from Keyboard Suite XIX, transcribed for flute and piano

This F#-minor sarabande is the fourth of the five movements that constitute Johann Pachelbel's 19th Suite for Keyboard.

Thanks to Bruno for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SarabandesDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 16 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Huachi torito

 Traditional Argentinian song, arranged for four flutes

“Huachi torito” (which roughly translates as “giddy-up, little bull”) is an old villancico (Christmas carol) from Argentina, and is very popular in South America.

Thanks to Luis for contributing this arrangement!

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 17 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Study No. 30 in E major

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This study in double tonguing is the very last piece of Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 18 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Hayden Fancy

 Traditional Irish polka

This polka is also known under the titles “Johnny Box”, “Mary Ann” and “O’Connor's Polka”, but “Hayden(‘s) Fancy” appears to be the older name for the tune. The “O'Connor's” title comes from the Boys of the Lough, who recorded the tune after learning it from musician Martin O'Connor.

Categories: Celtic Music Polkas Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 19 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Danse Bacchanale

 from “Samson and Delilah”, transcribed for solo flute

Today we propose a piece of wild music, taken from Act III of Camille Saint-Saëns's grand opera Samson and Delilah, which premiered in Weimar in 1887. Based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah found in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges, it is the only opera by Saint-Saëns that is still regularly performed.

Thanks to Malena for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 20 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This Romanze is the second piece from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 21 July 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This blazingly fast 4/8-time moto perpetuo is the fourteenth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo. It is marked “Il più presto possibile”, which literally means “As fast as possible”!

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Monday 22 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Summer Evening

 Traditional Irish air

This old air in A major appears in Francis O'Neill's famous collection Music of Ireland, published in 1903.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 23 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Hungarian Dance No. 21

 by Johannes Brahms, transcribed for solo flute

Today's tune is the last of Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances (Ungarische Tänze in German), a set of 21 lively dance tunes based on Hungarian themes. Even if originally written for piano four-hands, each dance has been arranged for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles.

Thanks to Karolina for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Dance tunes RomanticDifficulty: advanced
Wednesday 24 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 25 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Köhler

 from “20 Easy and Melodic Studies”

This étude in D 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
Friday 26 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Parson’s Farewell

 Traditional English tune

This country dance tune was first published under the title “Parsons Farewell” by John Playford in the first edition of his The English Dancing Master (1651), but the melody clearly predates Playford. An earlier version of the melody can be found, for example, in the Skene Manuscript (circa 1615) under the title “Ostend”.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 27 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This Larghetto is the opening movement of Sonata No. 10 in D 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
Sunday 28 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This “Allegro fugato” is the third piece from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 29 July 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This étude in articulation is the eleventh piece 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
Tuesday 30 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Dick the Welshman

 Traditional English tune

This English country dance tune in A major is taken from Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of Country Dances, vol. 2, published circa 1764.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 31 July 2013

Tune of the Day: Qué hacés, chamberguito?

 Tango criollo by Angel Villoldo

Here is a new tango arrangement for flute and guitar. This “Creole tango” was composed by Argentinian singer and composer Ángel Villoldo, often nicknamed “the father of tango”.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate