Monday 1 December 2014

Tune of the Day: A Tempo Giusto by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 6 in C major

This Vivace is the fourth and final 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 2 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Les Cignes

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This rondeau constitutes the second duet in C minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. The French title “Les Cignes” means “The Swans”.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 3 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This Allegretto in F-sharp is the eleventh piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 4 December 2014

Tune of the Day: The Sweet Barrow

 Traditional Irish air

This traditional air is taken from Petrie's Complete Irish Music, published in 1902.

The Barrow is the the second-longest river in Ireland. It is one of The Three Sisters, the other two being the River Suir and the River Nore.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 5 December 2014

Tune of the Day: 'O sole mio

 Neapolitan song, arranged for flute and piano

This globally known melody was written in 1898 by Italian composer and singer Eduardo di Capua. While there are many versions of the lyrics, "’O sole mio" is usually sung in the original Neapolitan language. The title is the Neapolitan equivalent of standard Italian “Il sole mio”, which translates literally as “my sunshine”.

"’O sole mio" has been performed and covered by many artists, including famous opera singers Enrico Caruso, Rosa Ponselle, Beniamino Gigli, and Mario Lanza. Luciano Pavarotti even won the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his rendition.

Thanks to Bryan for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Allemandes SerenadesDifficulty: easy
Saturday 6 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Poco adagio by Kummer

 from “Trois petit duos faciles”

This short piece for two flutes is the central 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
Sunday 7 December 2014

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

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This Adagio constitutes the tenth 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
Monday 8 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Roger MacMun

 Traditional Irish hornpipe

This “ancient” folk tune is taken from P.W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, published in 1909. Joyce copied it “from a manuscript lent by Mrs. Woodroffe (of Cork?)”.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 9 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 2

This allemande is the second movement of the second of six sonatas for flute and continuo that Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 10 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the opening movement of the eighth 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
Thursday 11 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 12 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Yoimachigusa

 Transcribed for flute and piano

Japanese composer Ōno Tadasuke composed this melody in 1917, setting to music the 1903 poem of the same name by Takehisa Yumeji. “Yoimachigusa” literally means “evening waiting grass”, which poetically translates to ”Evening Primrose”, a lovely lemon-yellow flower that opens its blossoms only during the night. The song is a metaphor for one who is waiting in the evening for the person he or she loves.

Thanks to Chris for suggesting this piece!

Categories: 20th century Love songsDifficulty: easy
Saturday 13 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 8 in D minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Sunday 14 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegretto by Kummer

 from “Trois petit duos faciles”

This Andante is the closing 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: intermediate
Monday 15 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This Moderato constitutes the eleventh 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
Tuesday 16 December 2014

Tune of the Day: The Paddock

 Traditional Scottish tune

The traditional Scottish hornpipe tune we present today is taken from James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies, arguably the most popular collection of Scottish tunes ever published.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 17 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Les Coquets

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 2

This gavotte constitutes the third movement of the second of six sonatas for flute and continuo that Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 18 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Prélude in E major

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

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

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Friday 19 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Tarentelle by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This Tarentelle in E major is the thirteenth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 20 December 2014

Tune of the Day: The Steel Hoop

 Traditional English country dance tune

This melody first appears in Charles and Samuel Thompson's first country dance collection, published in London in 1753. The title may refer to an apparatus for acrobatic entertainment.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 21 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 8 in D minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 22 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Kummer

 from “Trois petit duos faciles”

This Allegro is the opening movement of the second 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: intermediate
Tuesday 23 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This is the twelfth 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
Wednesday 24 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Quem pastores laudavere

 Traditional hymn tune

“Quem pastores laudavere” is Latin for “He whom the shepherds praised”. The hymn has been popular in Germany since the 16th century, and its title, shortened to “Quempas”, is also used as a generic term for Christmas songs in a German caroling tradition.

The earliest source for this Christmas tune was found by R.R. Terry in a manuscript dated 1410, at Hohenfurth Abbey, Germany. Many versions exist from the sixteenth century. The most famous arrangement is probably the one from Michael Praetorius, with the German text “Den die Hirten lobeten sehre”.

Thanks to Marcello for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 25 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Noël No. 6 by Daquin

 Transcribed for solo flute

This piece is taken from the circa-1757 Nouveau livre de noëls for organ and harpsichord by French composer Louis-Claude Daquin. The book contains settings of Christmas carols in the French style, and includes some of Daquin's harpsichord improvisations.

Merry Christmas from flutetunes.com!

Categories: Baroque Christmas carolsDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 26 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Allemande by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 27 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Pastorale by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This Pastorale in F major is the fourteenth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 28 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Les Voisins

 Traditional French tune

This French country dance tune is taken from Robert Daubat's contradance book (tunes with dance instructions) Cent Contredanses en Rond, published in 1757. The title is French for “The Neighbors”.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 29 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 2

This sarabande is the fourth movement of the second of six sonatas for flute and continuo that Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Sarabandes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 30 December 2014

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Kummer

 from “Trois petit duos faciles”

This Allegretto is the closing movement of the second 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 Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 31 December 2014

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

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This Allegretto constitutes the thirteenth 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