Sunday 1 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro

 by W.A. Mozart, arranged for three flutes

This arrangement for three flutes of the celebrated Overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1786 opera Le nozze di Figaro was written by Henry Lea, an English flutist of the 19th century.

Many thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Classical Opera excerptsDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 2 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Le courant limpide

 by Friedrich Burgmüller, transcribed for solo flute

This étude, originally written as a study for solo piano by German pianist and composer Friedrich Burgmüller, is taken from his 25 Études faciles et progressives, Op. 100. The title can be translated as “The Limpid Stream”.

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 3 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Music Mad

 Traditional English tune

This traditional English tune is taken from a collection of Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1808, published in London by Goulding & Co.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 4 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Gayment by Naudot

 from Flute Sonata in A major

Today we present 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 Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 5 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Baroque Sarabandes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Friday 6 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This “Allegro con moto” is the twenty-sixth 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
Saturday 7 June 2014

Tune of the Day: The Natal Day

 Traditional Scottish tune

This traditional Scottish hornpipe appears in the third volume of James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies, originally published in the 1870s. The expression “natal day” means ‛birthday’.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Largo by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in E minor by G.F. Handel

Composed circa 1720, this E-minor sonata (HWV 379) is Handel's own compilation of movements taken from three other solo sonatas. Confusingly, this sonata has sometimes been numbered Op. 1, no. 1a, when in fact it never appeared in Opus 1.

The central Largo borrows its rising arpeggio theme from the first movement of Handel's early Flute Sonata in D, HWV 378, a piece little known in the composer's lifetime.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 9 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Les Reitres

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This short piece is the third duet in C major from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. “Reître” is an old French word used to indicate a type of cavalry of German origin which started to appear in the armies of Western Europe in the 16th century.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 10 June 2014

Tune of the Day: La Gracieuse

 by Friedrich Burgmüller, transcribed for solo flute

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

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Allan Ramsay

 Traditional Scottish tune

This A-Mixolydian jig is taken from Gow's Repository of the Dance Music of Scotland, Part 2, originally published in Edinburgh in 1802. Allan Ramsay was the renowned Scottish composer of several famous works such as the Tea Table Miscellany.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 12 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Telemann

 from Quartet in D minor, arranged for flute trio

The Vivace we present today is the second movement of a Quartet in D minor for recorder, two flutes and continuo from Telemann's Tafelmusik (Musique de table in French, literally “Table Music”, that is, music played at feasts and banquets), first published in 1733.

Thanks to Benny for requesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

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

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 14 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This Allegro is the twenty-seventh 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
Sunday 15 June 2014

Tune of the Day: The Devonshire Hornpipe

 Traditional English tune

This traditional English hornpipe is taken from Thomas Wilson's A Companion to the Ball Room, published in London in 1816.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 16 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Presto by Quantz

 from Sonata No. 4 in D major

This is the central movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata No. 4 in D major for flute and continuo. It is one of the many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 17 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Prélude in D minor

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

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

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 18 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Tendre Fleur

 by Friedrich Burgmüller, transcribed for solo flute

This short piece, originally written as a study for solo piano by German pianist and composer Friedrich Burgmüller, is taken from his 25 Études faciles et progressives, Op. 100. The title, “Tendre fleur”, is French for “Tender flower”.

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 19 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Chanson de l’oignon

 Traditional French tune

The “Onion Song” was one of the favorite songs sung by Napoleon's Imperial Guard while they charged on the battlefield. According to legend, the song originated shortly before the Battle of Marengo (1800), when Napoleon came across some grenadiers vigorously rubbing onions on crusts of bread to give them flavor.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Military music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 20 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Grave Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The “Grave Adagio” in B-flat major we present today is the opening movement of the twelfth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 21 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Allemande by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the opening movement of the fifth 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
Sunday 22 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This “Adagio non tanto” is the twenty-eighth 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 23 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Vive la Compagnie

 Traditional American song

In spite of the French title, this song does not come from France! The origin of the tune has been traced back to a drinking song published by F.D. Benteen in Baltimore in 1844, and a German version has been traced back to 1818. During the American Civil War, it was the tune for the 1861 Confederate song “Chivalrous C.S.A.”

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Drinking songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 24 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Danse Hongroise from Swan Lake

 by P.I. Tchaikovsky, transcribed for solo flute

This Czardas, a typical Hungarian dance, is taken from Act III of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's celebrated ballet Swan Lake.

Thanks to Natasha for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Ballet excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 25 June 2014

Tune of the Day: L'Entreprenante

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This courante constitutes the second duet in D minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Courantes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 26 June 2014

Tune of the Day: La Bergeronnette

 by Friedrich Burgmüller, transcribed for solo flute

This short piece, originally written as a study for solo piano by German pianist and composer Friedrich Burgmüller, is taken from his 25 Études faciles et progressives, Op. 100. “Bergeronnette” is the French name of the wagtail, a small bird mostly found in Europe and Asia.

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 27 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Lady Mildmay's Waltz

 Traditional English tune

This traditional tune is taken from Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1808, published in London by Goulding & Co.

The title perhaps refers to Jane Mildmay, who married Sir Henry Paulet St. John-Mildmay in 1786. Lady Jane was a harp player, as evidenced by a portrait of her by John Francis Rigaud dating from 1785.

Categories: Traditional/Folk WaltzesDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 28 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 4 in E minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 29 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Air by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This air is the second movement of the fifth 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
Monday 30 June 2014

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Kummer

 from “32 Etudes amusantes et instructives”

This Allegro is the twenty-ninth 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