Wednesday 1 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the eighth study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 2 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Kendal House

 Traditional English dance tune

This melody first appeared in John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 6, published in London in 1751. Kendal House, Isleworth, Middlesex, was the residence of the rather notorious Ermengarde de Schulenburg, Dutchess of Kendal, and mistress of King George I. Upon her death in 1743, Kendal House became a public park or place of amusement, where one could fish on the grounds, stroll among tree-lined rural paths and formal gardens, and enjoy entertainment in the house itself, which boasted a well-lit long room of some sixty feet for dancing.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 3 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 4 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Modérément by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the first movement of the second sonata from a collection of 12 “little sonatas” for two flutes by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 5 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the tenth study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 6 January 2014

Tune of the Day: The Margate Rout

 Traditional English dance tune

This English country dance was originally published in Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1773). Margate is a seaside town in north western Kent, famous as a resort for vacationing Londoners for several centuries.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 7 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Allemande by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in D major

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

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 8 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

This is duet No. 15 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 9 January 2014

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

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the ninth study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 10 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Song of Seikilos

 Ancient greek tune

The Song of Seikilos is the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation, was found near Ephesus, engraved on a tombstone dating from the first century AD.

Here is an English translation of the lyrics:

While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and time demands its toll.

The melody is in Ancient Greek Phrygian mode, which corresponds to the medieval and modern Dorian mode.

Thanks to Khan for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 11 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Grave by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 12 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Presto by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A major

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 13 January 2014

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

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the eleventh study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 14 January 2014

Tune of the Day: The Honey Pot

 Traditional English tune

This D-major jig was first printed by London publishers Charles and Samuel Thompson in 1765, in the second volume of their Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances.

Categories: Dance tunes Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 15 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Two Gavottes by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in D major

These two gavottes constitute the third movement of a flute sonata in D major by Jean-Christophe Naudot, a French composer and flutist of the early 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 16 January 2014

Tune of the Day: La Déloyale

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This gigue is the last duet in B minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 17 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the tenth study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 18 January 2014

Tune of the Day: The Frog in the Well

 Traditional Irish jig

This Irish jig, also known under the titles “Father Tom's Wager” and “Close to the Floor”, appears in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in Boston in 1883.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 19 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 3 in G minor

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

Thanks to Gerry for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Monday 20 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Affettuoso by Blavet

 from Sonata for two flutes in A major

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

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 21 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the twelfth study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 22 January 2014

Tune of the Day: The Piper's Bonnet

 Traditional Scottish pipe tune

This traditional Scottish jig appears in the third volume of James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies, originally published in the 1870s.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 23 January 2014

Tune of the Day: L’Arabesque

 by Friedrich Burgmüller, transcribed for solo flute

This Arabesque, originally written as a study for solo piano by German pianist and composer Friedrich Burgmüller, is taken from 25 Études faciles et progressives, Op. 100.

Thanks to Emily for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 24 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Duet in A minor by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

This is duet No. 16 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 25 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Gariboldi

 from “Etudes mignonnes”

Today we present the eleventh study from Italian composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Etudes mignonnes (Dainty Studies), Op. 131.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 26 January 2014

Tune of the Day: The Lucky Number

 Traditional Irish reel

Today's tune is taken from the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland, notated by his student.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 27 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Hearts and Flowers

 by Theodore Moses Tobani, transcribed for solo flute

This song, originally published in 1893, was composed by Theodore Moses-Tobani. Its melody was taken from the introductory 2/4 section of the Wintermärchen Waltzes, Op. 366 (1891) by Hungarian composer Alphons Czibulka.

The song as a vocal number was soon forgotten, but the piece it was founded upon, re-arranged as a short instrumental, gained popularity in its own right, and it is in this form that the melody remains well known to this day. The instrumental violin version has in the collective popular imagination come to symbolize all that is melodramatic, sentimental or mock-tragic.

Thanks to Roger for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Film musicDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 28 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Prélude in A major

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This prelude opens the fifth section of the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 29 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in A-flat major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This is the thirteenth study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 30 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Kâtibim

 Traditional Turkish tune

Kâtibim (“the clerk”), also known as “Üsküdar'a gider iken”, is a Turkish folk song about a woman and her clerk traveling to Üsküdar. It is one of the most famous tunes from Istanbul.

Thanks to Damla for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 31 January 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 3 in G minor

This is the second movement of a Sonata in G minor for recorder and basso continuo, written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.

Thanks to Gerry for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate