Saturday 1 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

The little study we present today is the seventh piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Sunday 2 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Curran's Fancy

 Traditional Irish reel

This D-major reel is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection O'Neill's Irish Music, published in 1915.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 3 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 6 in C major

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 4 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Jensen

 from Flute duet No. 2

This is the final movement of the second flute duet from Six duos faciles et brillants by Danish flutist and composer Niels Peter Jensen.

Thanks to Françoise for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 5 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This is the sixth study from a collection of 18 Etudes for flute published in 1891 by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 6 November 2014

Tune of the Day: The Inverness Gathering

 Traditional Scottish tune

This Scottish pipe march appears in The Inverness collection of Highland pibrochs, laments, quicksteps and marches. Parts 3 and 4 are variations attributed to the famous fiddler and composer James Scott Skinner, who described this tune as a ‘pipe quickstep’.

Categories: Celtic Music Marches Quickstep Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 7 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Un poco vivace by Quantz

 from Sonata No. 3 in C minor

This is the third movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata No. 3 in C minor for flute and continuo. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 8 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the third movement of the seventh 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: easy
Sunday 9 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

The little study we present today is the eighth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 10 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Mile End Assembly

 Traditional English country dance tune

This melody first appears in the 6th volume of John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, published in London in 1751.

Mile End was an unfashionable district in East London. The assemblies there were open to the public through the purchase of a ticket.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 11 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 6 in C major

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 12 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Jensen

 from Flute duet No. 3

This is the lively opening movement of the third flute duet from Six duos faciles et brillants by Danish flutist and composer Niels Peter Jensen.

Thanks to Françoise for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 13 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This 9/16-time-ish Moderato is the seventh study from a collection of 18 Etudes for flute published in 1891 by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 14 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Balmoral Castle

 March tune by James Scott Skinner

This march and its accompanying variations were composed by fiddler J. Scott Skinner after he visited the summer residence of Queen Victoria in Scotland, located between Braemar and Ballater on the river Dee in the Grampians. Skinner describes the music as a “March bright & teeming with life”. The first variation represents “a rush of water”, probably the river Dee as it runs through the castle's grounds.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Show-off piecesDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 15 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Amabile by Quantz

 from Sonata No. 3 in C minor

This is the opening movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata No. 3 in C minor for flute and continuo. While the piece appears without a tempo indication in manuscripts, some modern editions put the (almost certainly not original) marking “Amabile” on it.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 16 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Prélude in C minor

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

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

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Monday 17 November 2014

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

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This study is the ninth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 18 November 2014

Tune of the Day: The Rival Hornpipe

 Traditional Scottish tune

This tune can be played either as a hornpipe or as a reel. It is taken from Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in 1883.

The tune could possibly have been named for the clipper ship Rival, a name that appears in American Clipper Ships 1833-1858 by Howe and Matthews, and in fact a few other tunes in Ryan's also appear to be named after engineering or transportation accomplishments of the mid-19th century.

Categories: Hornpipes Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 19 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 6 in C major

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Thursday 20 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Andante con variatione by Jensen

 from Flute duet No. 3

This Andante and its accompanying variations constitute the second and final movement of the third flute duet from Six duos faciles et brillants by Danish flutist and composer Niels Peter Jensen.

Thanks to Françoise for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Variations Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 21 November 2014

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

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This is the eighth study from a collection of 18 Etudes for flute published in 1891 by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen. Watch out for the accidentals!

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 22 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Father O'Flynn

 Traditional Irish/English jig

Despite the large number of Irish titles (“The Top of Cork Road”, “The Rollicking Irishman”, etc.), this tune is probably not Irish in origin but English, as English published versions (from 1778) predate the Irish (1798). As “The Yorkshire Lasses” it can also be found in English country dance collections. The title “Father O'Flynn” comes from popular lyrics written to this tune by Alfred Perceval Graves, first published in 1874.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 23 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Andante by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 2

This is the opening movement of the second of six sonatas for flute and continuo first published in Paris in 1732. This sonata is nicknamed “La Vibray”, a name which probably referred to some place in France.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 24 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Baroque JigsDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 25 November 2014

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

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This study is the tenth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 26 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Cherish the Ladies

 Traditional Irish jig

This popular Irish double jig is sometimes attributed to the 18th-century gentleman piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson of Aughrim, County Limerick. It is well known as one of fiddler Michael Coleman's greatest hits from the 78 Era.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 27 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Erlkönig by Schubert

 Transcribed for solo flute

Schubert composed “Erlkönig” as a Lied for voice and piano in 1815, setting to music Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 1782 poem of the same name, which depicts a child being assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking or “Erlkönig”.

The present transcription for solo flute was provided by an anonymous contributor.

Categories: Lieder RomanticDifficulty: easy
Friday 28 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Andante con moto by Kummer

 from “Trois petit duos faciles”

This Andante is the opening movement of the first duet from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's Trois petits duos faciles (also published as Three Small and Easy Duos), Op. 20.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 29 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This lively Allegro constitutes the ninth study from a collection of 18 Etudes for flute published in 1891 by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 30 November 2014

Tune of the Day: Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay

 Traditional Scottish reel

This is one of the best known Scottish reel tunes, and has become a staple of both the Irish and American musical traditions. In Ireland it is most commonly played in the key of G major. In the USA it is best known under the title “Hop High Ladies”.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy