Sunday 1 February 2015

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

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This Allegretto constitutes the seventeenth 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
Monday 2 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Big John McNeil

 Traditional Scottish/Canadian reel

Though now known as a Canadian standard, this reel was originally composed (as “John McNeill's Reel”) by the brilliant Scottish fiddler Peter Milne (1824–1908), one of J. Scott Skinner's teachers and early playing partners.

There are various hypotheses as to how the piece earned the adjective “Big”. Some suggest it's because of the robust nature of the tune, while some think it refers to the actual John McNeil of the title, possibly one of the McNeils of Barra, in the Hebrides. Others yet believe the “Big” came about to distinguish the modern tune, with 8-bar parts, from Peter Milne's original, with 4-bar parts.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 3 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 3

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

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 4 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This rondo is the second and last movement of the first of French flutist and composer François Devienne's Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes (“Six Duets for Two Flutes”), published in Paris around 1790.

Categories: Classical Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 5 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Andersen

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This “Allegretto maestoso” in E major is the nineteenth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 6 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Old Jerry Doyle

 Traditional Irish jig

This 3-part double jig is taken from Irish historian Patrick Weston Joyce's 1909 collection Old Irish Folk Music and Songs. Joyce writes he got it from a John Dolan of Glenosheen in 1845.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 7 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf' ein

 also known as Mozart's Wiegenlied, arranged for flute and piano

This tender Wiegenlied (German for “lullaby”) is one of the most famous of its kind. The German title translates as “Sleep, my little prince, fall asleep”.

For a long time, the composition was mistakenly attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as K. 350. Attribution for the melody, however, has recently shifted to either Bernhard Flies or Johann Friedrich Anton Fleischmann.

Thanks to Jackie for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Classical LullabiesDifficulty: easy
Sunday 8 February 2015

Tune of the Day: La Marmiteuse

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This sarabande constitutes the second duet in F minor from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. The French title “La Marmiteuse” could be translated as “The Miserable One”.

Categories: Baroque Sarabandes Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Monday 9 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Köhler

 from “Progress in Flute Playing”

This étude is taken from the second book of Italian composer Ernesto Köhler's Progress in Flute Playing. It is made up of two parts: a “pathetically slow” first part in A minor and a faster second part in A major.

Thanks to Gilda from Italy for contributing this piece!

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 10 February 2015

Tune of the Day: It Is Well with My Soul

 Arranged for four flutes

This hymn tune, composed by Philip Bliss to words by Horatio Spafford, is possibly the most influential and enduring in Bliss's repertoire. It appears in many hymnals, and is often taken as a choral model. The actual name of the tune is “Ville du Havre”, after the name of the French ship whose sinking inspired Spafford's lyrics.

Thanks to Christine for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Hymn tunesDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 9 in C major

This joyous Allegro 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
Thursday 12 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro moderato by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This is the opening movement of the second of French flutist and composer François Devienne's Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes (“Six Duets for Two Flutes”), published in Paris around 1790.

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This “study for the evenness of fingerings” (“étude pour la régularité des doigtés”) is the twentieth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 14 February 2015

Tune of the Day: The Trip To Cullenstown

 Traditional Irish reel

This Irish tune, usually attributed to mouth organ player Phil Murphy, is one of the best known reels for harmonica, and is often played on other instruments as well.

Cullenstown is a small village located on the south coast of County Wexford, Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 15 February 2015

Tune of the Day: L'Insinuante

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 3

This rondeau is the third movement of the third of six sonatas for flute and continuo that French flutist and composer Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 16 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Doucement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the opening movement of the ninth 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
Tuesday 17 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This Moderato in E minor is the fourth study from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 18 February 2015

Tune of the Day: The Hills of Tara

 Traditional Irish tune

This Irish barndance is also known under the titles “If There Weren't Any Men (in the World)”, “Pearl O'Shaughnessy's”, “Scotch Polka” and “Fred Pidgeon's Polka”.

Categories: Celtic Music Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 19 February 2015

Tune of the Day: The Fairest of the Fair

 by John Philip Sousa, transcribed for solo flute

Sousa composed this march in 1908, intending the Sousa Band to perform it at the annual Boston Food Fair in the fall of that year. One of Sousa's more melodic, less military marches, it is the only work of any kind that he composed that year, and one of only a handful of compositions that he wrote between 1906 and 1910.

Thanks to Katie for suggesting this piece!

Categories: MarchesDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 20 February 2015

Tune of the Day: ’Tis the Last Rose of Summer

 Arranged for three flutes

This arrangement of Sir John Stevenson's famous melody “The Last Rose of Summer” is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. More information about the tune is available on the tune page for the flute-and-piano version.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 21 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This lively Allegretto is the twenty-first piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 22 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Farewell, Sweet Nora

 Traditional Irish jig

This Irish double jig was collected by Chicago Police captain Francis O'Neill around the turn of the 20th Century, and published in the 1903 collection O'Neill's Music of Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 23 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 9 in C major

This Largo 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
Tuesday 24 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in A minor by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we present duet No. 19 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
Wednesday 25 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in F minor by Andersen

 from “18 Etudes for Flute”

This Allegro in F minor is the last piece 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 26 February 2015

Tune of the Day: The Pleasures of Home

 Traditional Irish tune

This Irish reel, which is also often played as a hornpipe, is taken from James and Francis O'Neill's 1907 collection Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 27 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Le Mondorge

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 3

This pair of Tambourins constitutes the fourth movement of the third of six sonatas for flute and continuo that French flutist and composer Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 28 February 2015

Tune of the Day: Minuetto by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This minuet is the closing movement of the second of French flutist and composer François Devienne's Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes (“Six Duets for Two Flutes”), published in Paris around 1790.

Categories: Classical Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate