Wednesday 1 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro moderato by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This is the opening movement of the fourth 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
Thursday 2 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Le Follet

 from “Huit Etudes de Salon” by Donjon

This lively study is the seventh piece from French flutist Johannes Donjon's Huit Études de Salon (“Eight Parlour Studies”) for solo flute.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 3 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Field of Oats

 Traditional Irish reel

This Irish reel 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: 1850 Melodies.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 4 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 10 in A minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Sunday 5 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

The slow piece we present today is the third 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: intermediate
Monday 6 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little “Allegro Moderato” is the fourth 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
Tuesday 7 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Steeplechase

 Traditional Irish reel

This melody was famously recorded in New York for Crown Records by County Sligo fiddlers Paddy Killoran and Paddy Sweeney, who backed it with “Ah, Surely” in the early 1930s.

The tune was also published in O'Neill's Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies (1903), under the name “Carrigaline”.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 8 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Les Regrets

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 5

This sweet and melancholic Rondo is the fourth 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. The sonata is nicknamed “La Chauvet”.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 9 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Tema con variazione by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This grazioso (‛graceful’) theme and its accompanying variation constitute the second movement of the fourth 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 Variations Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 10 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Le Chant du Vent

 from “Huit Etudes de Salon” by Donjon

This study in A-flat major is the third piece from French flutist Johannes Donjon's Huit Études de Salon (“Eight Parlour Studies”) for solo flute. The French title “Le Chant du Vent” can be translated as “The Song of the Wind”.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 11 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Grey Beard

 Traditional Irish reel

In his 1903 collection Music Of Ireland, Francis O'Neill indicates as the source for this tune Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin, originally from County Tipperary, Ireland. Cronin was a weaver and a machinist, who boasted that he never forgot nor forgave a slight, but who could play tune after tune steadily for hours. O'Neill considered him an excellent musician, and obtained many tunes from him.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 12 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 10 in A minor

This 12/8-time Allegro constitutes the fourth movement of a Sonata in A minor for recorder and basso continuo written by Italian composer Benedetto Marcello around 1712.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 13 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Prélude in F-sharp minor

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This short prelude is the only piece in F-sharp minor in the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 14 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little “Andante quasi allegretto” (“Andante, almost allegretto”) is the fifth 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
Wednesday 15 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Academy Jig

 Traditional Scottish dance tune

This lively country dance tune appears in the first volume of James S. Kerr's Merry Melodies (circa 1870), one of the most popular collections of Scottish tunes ever published. Its composition is attributed to a J. Rule. The “academy” of the title is probably a dancing academy.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 16 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Fuga by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 5

This fugue-like Allegro is the fifth 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
Friday 17 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This is the first movement of the fifth 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 18 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Volubile

 from “Huit Etudes de Salon” by Donjon

This rather advanced “Allegro rapido” in A minor is the fourth piece from French flutist Johannes Donjon's Huit Études de Salon (“Eight Parlour Studies”) for solo flute.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Show-off pieces Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Sunday 19 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Celia Connellan

 Traditional Irish slow air

This old slow air, commonly attributed to the great Irish harper Thomas Connellan (c. 1640–1698), was published in Edward Bunting's 1840 collection The Ancient Music of Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 20 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Minuet by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 10 in A minor

Here is the fifth and last movement of Benedetto Marcello's tenth Sonata for recorder or flute. This lovely minuet is based on a simple rhythmic pattern that repeats throughout the two parts of the piece.

Categories: Baroque Minuets SonatasDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 21 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Mellow Horn

 Traditional American tune, arranged for two flutes

This traditional American march tune in 6/8 time dates back at least to the beginning of the 19th century. The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 22 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the second study from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Vingt études chantantes pour la flûte, Op. 88.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 23 April 2015

Tune of the Day: By Yon Castle Wa'

 Traditional Scottish tune

This Scottish air, also known as “There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame”, is an old Jacobite tune. It was published in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum IV (1791) with words by Robert Burns, who knew the tune as “There are few good fellows when Jamie's awa”. The “Jamie” of the title is James VIII, the son of the deposed James VII of Scotland that the Jacobite movement recognized as the rightful heir to the English and Scottish thrones.

In the sheet music we included two variations of the basic tune, taken from the first book of James Oswald's The Caledonian Pocket Companion, published in London in 1743.

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 24 April 2015

Tune of the Day: La Dedale

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 5

This gavotte is the sixth and final 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. The sonata is nicknamed “La Chauvet”.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 25 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This gigue is the closing 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 Jigs Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 26 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This little “Andante con moto e agitato” (“Andante with movement and agitated”) is the sixth 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
Monday 27 April 2015

Tune of the Day: The Goat's Song

 Traditional Irish/Scottish air

This traditional slow air, featuring ornaments that sound like a goat's bleating, was published in Francis O'Neill's 1903 collection Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies.

Categories: Celtic Music Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 28 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 11 in G minor

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 29 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Minuetto by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This minuet and its accompanying trio constitute the second movement of the fifth 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
Thursday 30 April 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the third study from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Vingt études chantantes pour la flûte (“Twenty melodious studies for flute”), Op. 88.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate