Sunday 1 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in G by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This study in G is the twenty-second piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman. The first 15 bars are in the key of G minor, but the rest of the study is in G major.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 2 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Rochdale Coconut Dance

 Traditional English tune

This English country dance tune is used for a polka step in the North‑West morris dance tradition. In 1927, Anne Gilchrist published the tune in her article “The Lancashire Rush-Cart and Morris Dance” in the Journal of the English Folk Dance Society. It had been sent to her by Dr. Henry Brierley, a native of the cotton-mill town of Rochdale, Lancashire, who said the tune was used to accompany the Rochdale rushcart in the 1850s. Gilchrist writes:

The dancers held half a coco-nut shell in each hand, a half-shell also being strapped to each knee, and clapped the shells rhythmically to the following unvarying tune, played by the band. The dance was stationary, but according to his recollection the coco-nut dancers preceded the drawing-team of young men, ‘prancing’ in the procession. The tune has a general resemblance to Mr. Cecil Sharp's traditional versions of both Country Gardens and Hunt the Squirrel. I have seen no other record of this dance.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 3 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 9 in C major

This 12/8-time Allegro is the fourth and last movement of a Sonata in C major for recorder and basso continuo written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712. Near the end of the piece, Marcello surprises us with 4 bars in 3/4 time.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 4 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Prélude in E-flat major

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

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

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 5 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This 3-part “Vivo” (“lively”) study in D major is the fifth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

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

Tune of the Day: The Siege of Troy

 Traditional Irish tune

This traditional slow air in G minor is taken from Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 7 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Giga by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 3

This Allegro is the fifth and final movement of the third of six sonatas for flute and continuo that Michel Blavet published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in F major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we present the twentieth and last duet 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
Monday 9 March 2015

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

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This short Allegro in E-flat major is the twenty-third study from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte, Op. 4 by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

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

Tune of the Day: Molly on the Shore

 Traditional Irish reel

This traditional Irish melody was made famous by an arrangement of the same name by Australian pianist, composer and folk music collector Percy Grainger. Grainger wrote his composition in 1907 as a birthday gift for his mother, using the melodies of two contrasting Irish reels, “Molly on the Shore” and “Temple Hill”.

Thanks to Amanda for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 10 in A minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 12 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This is the first movement of the third 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 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little piece is the very first study from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.

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

Tune of the Day: Temple Hill

 Traditional Irish reel

This traditional reel is taken from George Petrie's The complete collection of Irish music, published in 1902. Petrie identifies it as a tune from County Cork.

In 1907, “Temple Hill” was used by Australian pianist, composer and folk music collector Percy Grainger for his famous composition “Molly on the Shore”.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 15 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 5

This Largo is the opening movement of the fifth of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732. This sonata is nicknamed “La Chauvet”.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 16 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Courante by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

The courante we present today is the second 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 Courantes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 17 March 2015

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

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This “Andante maestoso” is the twenty-fourth piece from 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

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

Tune of the Day: Kitty of Oulart

 Traditional Irish jig

This lovely jig appears in Brysson's A Curious Selection of Favourite Tunes with Variations, published in Edinburgh in 1790. The tune is known under many different names, including “Jackson's Frolic”, “The Donnybrook Boy”, “Friendly Jack” and “The Mulberry Bush”.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 19 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 10 in A minor

This 3-part Allegro constitutes the second movement of a Sonata in A minor for recorder and basso continuo, written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 20 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Presto by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This Presto is the second movement of the third 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
Saturday 21 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little Allegretto is the second study from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.

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

Tune of the Day: Stingo

 Traditional English country dance tune

This English country dance tune appears under the title of “Stingo, or the Oyle of Barley” in the first edition of John Playford’s The Dancing Master, published in 1651. It carried that title through all editions until 1690, when the name was changed to “Cold and Raw”, after Thoms D'Urfey's song “Cold and Raw, the North did blow”. ‘Stingo’ is evidently a brewed alcoholic beverage, as ‘Oil of barley’ is a euphemism for strong beer.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 23 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 5

This Allegro is the second movement of the fifth of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732. This sonata is nicknamed “La Chauvet”.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 24 March 2015

Tune of the Day: La Mélancolique

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This brunette constitutes the second duet in E-flat major from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 25 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Demersseman

 from “50 Etudes mélodiques”

This playful Allegretto is the twenty-fifth and last piece from the first book of 50 Etudes mélodiques pour la flûte by French flutist and composer Jules Demersseman.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 26 March 2015

Tune of the Day: L'Agréable

 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 Pleasant One”.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 27 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Benedetto Marcello

 from Cello Sonata in G minor, transcribed for flute and piano

This gentle Largo in E-flat major is the third movement from Venetian Baroque composer Benedetto Marcello's Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4.

Thanks to Marcello from Italy for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Saturday 28 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Polonaise in G minor

 from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, arranged for two flutes

This piece appears in the second of two volumes of works that Johann Sebastian Bach presented to his wife Anna Magdalena. Many of the compositions in this second volume, dating from 1725, are of questionable authorship, though they are often listed on J.S. Bach's works list. Other family members, including Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, are known to have written some of the pieces, one of which might have been this Polonaise in G minor.

Thanks to Betty for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque PolonaisesDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 29 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little study in staccato articulation is the third piece from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.

Categories: Baroque Double tonguing Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Monday 30 March 2015

Tune of the Day: The Zeak Waltz

 Traditional Cornish tune

Despite its name, this is not a waltz tune! “The Zeak Waltz” is a hornpipe tune from Cornwall, the Celtic and most south-western part of England. It appears in Ralph Dunstan's 1929 The Cornish Song Book, where it is listed as “a march formerly very popular at outdoor Sunday school treats”; this association leads to the speculation that ‛Zeak’ might be short for Ezekiel.

As with all hornpipes, this tune is commonly played with a swing on eighth notes.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tune of the Day: Le Marc-Antoine

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 5

This Rondo is the third movement from the fifth of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732. This sonata is nicknamed “La Chauvet”.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 31 March 2015

Site update: flutetunes.com turns 6 years old

Happy birthday, flutetunes.com!

On March 31, 2009 flutetunes.com opened its doors to flutists from around the world, with the promise to publish a new piece of free sheet music every day. Six years have passed, and our collection has grown to host over 2200 pieces!

To celebrate this event, we are pleased to announce some exciting new features that we hope will make your experience even more enjoyable.

  • We have been working hard over the past few weeks to make the entire website mobile-friendly. This means that you should now be able to easily browse flutetunes.com not only from your desktop computer, but from your tablet and your mobile phone as well! Among other things, we have implemented a more compact layout that automatically activates on smaller screens, and we have updated the embedded audio widgets to work on a wider range of devices, including those without Flash support.
  • We have added a search box to the top of the sidebar, to make looking for tunes quicker and easier.
  • A new tool for transposing and changing the tempo of MIDI files is now accessible from all tune pages. This allows you to adjust every accompaniment track to your needs. The backing track is too fast? You play a transposing instrument? No problem!

Feel free to drop us a line to let us know how these new features are working for you.

Lastly, on this special day, we would like to say a big thank you to all our fans who keep following us and encouraging us in our journey. Your continued support is what keeps us going!