Sunday 1 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Giga by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This gigue is the third and final 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
Monday 2 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 3 September 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This “very lively, sparkling” étude is the nineteenth 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
Wednesday 4 September 2013

Tune of the Day: The Sporting Irishman

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig in D major appears in Clinton's 200 Irish Melodies for the Flute, published in Dublin in 1840.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 5 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Largo by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the opening 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
Friday 6 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Andante by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This Andante is the opening movement of the fifth duet from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century, and published as Opus 27.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 7 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Dance of the Insects

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This is étude No. 19 from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. Can you imagine insects dancing?

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Daphne

 Traditional English tune

This country dance tune, also known as “Hit and Miss”, was first published by John Playford in the first edition of his English Dancing Master (1651); however, it appears to have been dropped after the revised third edition of 1665.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 9 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Courante by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in A major

This courante is the second movement of a flute sonata in A major by Jean-Christophe Naudot, a French composer and flutist of the early 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Courantes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 10 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A minor

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Study by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the twentieth 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
Thursday 12 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Luss Road

 Traditional Scottish tune

This Scottish strathspey appears in James Kerr's Merry Melodies collection, published around 1880. There are Luss Roads in Glasgow and in Balloch, Dunbartonshire, where the village of Luss lies.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Vivaldi

 from Concerto in D minor, transcribed for flute and piano

This is the opening movement of a Concerto in D minor for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Continuo that Vivaldi probably composed in the 1720s.

Thanks to AJ for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Concertos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 14 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Menuetto by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This is the second movement of the fifth duet from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century, and published as Opus 27.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 15 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Spanish Caprice

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

This is étude No. 16 from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. It's in ABA'C form, with a common-time main theme in C minor, a central 3/4-time interlude in A-flat major and a 2/4-time fast coda in C major.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 16 September 2013

Tune of the Day: The Lass of Richmond Hill

 English love song

This melody was composed by organist James Hook, and was first publicly performed in 1789. It was said to be a favorite of King George III and, at one time, was thought to have been written by his son, George IV. Associated with the English town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, it is now often mistakenly considered to be a traditional or folk song.

As well as becoming a Scottish country dance, the music has been used as a military march by the British army, and is the Regimental march of the Women’s Royal Army Corps and the Middlesex Yeomanry. “The Lass of Richmond Hill” is also used for a Morris Dance of the same name, in the Cotswold style, which involves leap-frogging.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Grave by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 18 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Corrente by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque Courantes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 19 September 2013

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This waltz-like étude is the twenty-first 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
Friday 20 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Over There

 American patriotic song

This 1917 song, written by George M. Cohan during World War I, was popular with United States soldiers in both world wars. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded Cohan the Congressional Gold Medal for this and other songs

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: PatrioticDifficulty: easy
Saturday 21 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G minor

This Larghetto is the opening movement of Sonata No. 11 in G 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 22 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Stamitz

 from “Duets”, Op. 27

This is the third and last movement of the fifth duet from a collection of duets for flute or violin written by German classical composer Carl Stamitz in the second half of the 18th century, and published as Opus 27.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 23 September 2013

Tune of the Day: The Dove

 from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

Today we propose étude No. 20 from Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 24 September 2013

Tune of the Day: The Fisherman's Frolic

 Traditional Irish jig

This Irish jig in D Major appears in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland collection, published in 1903.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 25 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the second 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
Thursday 26 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Giga by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A minor

This gigue is the fifth and final movement of a Sonata for two flutes in A minor by French Baroque composer Michel Blavet. It was first published in 1728.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 27 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Study by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

Today we propose the twenty-second 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 28 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Dunphy's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish tune

This G-major hornpipe has been popular for many decades at Irish sessions. Dunphy was a piper and one of Captain Francis O'Neill's sources for his Irish music collection. O’Neill titled this nameless tune after him, even though the melody was also known to another of his sources, Father Fielding, who had heard his mother lilting it, indicating some circulation in County Kilkenny.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 29 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in A major

This rondeau is the third movement of a flute sonata in A major by Jean-Christophe Naudot, a French composer and flutist of the early 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 30 September 2013

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy