Monday 1 June 2015

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

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

This study in triplets is the seventh piece 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
Tuesday 2 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Mrs. Cole

 Traditional Irish air

This melody was supposedly composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan for the wedding of John Cole and Jane Saunderson in the year 1719. Carolan described the bride thus: “Striking Jean is my type of woman: pleasant, agreeable, joyful each day, the flower of happiness.”

Categories: Celtic Music Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 3 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!

 by Stephen Foster, transcribed for flute and piano

American songwriter Stephen C. Foster wrote this parlor song in 1850. Foster probably hoped that the publication of his parlor ballads helped diversify his reputation as a song composer, but the ballads proved financially unsatisfactory as compared to his minstrel songs. In his account ledger, Foster recorded that “Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!” had earned a mere $8.12 in royalties over a seven-year period. As a result, Foster redirected his compositional efforts to minstrel songs, which averaged much higher returns at that time. Beginning in 1860, Foster returned once more to the sentimental ballad, the most noteworthy being “Beautiful Dreamer”.

Thanks to Frydryk for suggesting this song!

Categories: BalladsDifficulty: easy
Thursday 4 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Devienne

 from “Six Duos pour Deux Flûtes”

This rondo is the second and last movement of the sixth 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
Friday 5 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This chromatic scale study constitutes the thirteenth piece of 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
Saturday 6 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Restoration March

 Traditional English tune

This popular English march appears in numerous publications during the late 18th century, beginning with Robert Bremner's A Collection of Airs and Marches (1761). It was presumably heard often on the fife, judging from the number of publications for that instrument in which the tune appears.

Categories: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 7 June 2015

Tune of the Day: L'invincible

 from Blavet's Flute Sonata No. 6

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

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 8 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Musette by Naudot

 from “Les plaisirs de Champigny”

This is the third movement of French composer Jacques-Christophe Naudot's Suite en trio “Les plaisirs de Champigny”, Op. 18. The term “musette” designates both a traditional style of French popular music and a baroque-era instrument similar to a bagpipe. This particular musette (music style) was written for musette (instrument), flute, and violin, but it can be played as is by two flutes and a violin, or with very little modification by three modern flutes.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque MusettesDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 9 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the eighth 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
Wednesday 10 June 2015

Tune of the Day: The Sportsman's Hornpipe

 Traditional English tune

This tune is contained in the 19th-century manuscript of Joseph Kershaw, a fiddle player who lived in the area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England. The tune is nowadays sometimes called “The Oldham Sportsman”, and unusually for a hornpipe, it is customarily played straight, without swing.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 11 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Italian Polka

 by Rachmaninoff, transcribed for solo flute

This polka was originally written for two pianos by the famous Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff around 1906. Its brilliant, easily recognizable theme appears to have been influenced by Eastern European folk music.

Thanks to Istvan for suggesting this tune!

Categories: 20th century Polkas RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 12 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Prélude in C-sharp minor

 Flute duet by J.B. de Boismortier

This short prelude is the very last duet from the 55 Easy Pieces collection by French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and the only piece in C-sharp minor.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 13 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This syncopated study is the fourteenth piece 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 14 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Down by the Sally Gardens

 Traditional Irish air

“Down by the Salley Gardens” is the title of a poem written by William Butler Yeats, first published in 1889. Originally, the poem included no melody. In 1909, Irish composer Herbert Hughes set it to the traditional air “The Moorlough Shore” (also known as “The Maids of Mourne Shore”), and this has since remained the most widely sung setting of the poem.

“Salley” or “sally” is a form of the Standard English word “sallow”, meaning a willow tree.

Thanks to Cath for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Love songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 15 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo by Veracini

 from “Sonate accademiche”, transcribed for flute and bass instrument

This Largo in F-sharp minor is the fourth movement of the sixth sonata from the Sonate accademiche collection by Italian Baroque composer Francesco Maria Veracini. Originally published in 1744 for violin and continuo, it is probably one of Veracini's best-known works.

Thanks to Istvan for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 16 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Two Minuets by Naudot

 from “Les plaisirs de Champigny”, transcribed for 3 flutes

This pair of minuets constitutes the fourth movement of French composer Jacques-Christophe Naudot's Suite en trio “Les plaisirs de Champigny”, Op. 18. The piece was originally written for musette (a baroque-era instrument similar to a bagpipe), flute and violin, but it can be played as is by two flutes and a violin, or with very little modification by three modern flutes.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 17 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the ninth 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
Thursday 18 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Surrender of Copenhagen

 Traditional English tune

This tune is taken from Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1808, published in London by Goulding & Co. The title clearly refers to the Battle of Copenhagen of 1807, when the Danish fleet and the city of Copenhagen were taken by the British in the context of the Napoleonic Wars.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 19 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Récit de flûte

 by Beauvarlet-Charpentier, transribed for flute and keyboard

This beautiful piece, originally written as a solo for organ, is taken from French Classical composer Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier's Journal d'orgue No. 6 (Messe Royale de Dumont), first published in 1784.

Thanks to Marcello from Italy for suggesting this piece!

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 20 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in B-flat major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 5 from the second 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
Sunday 21 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This cantabile study is the fourteenth piece from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855. When studying this piece, you should start playing it very slowly to make sure that you respect the written rhythms.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Monday 22 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Drummore's Rant

 Traditional Scottish reel

The earliest appearance of this double-tonic (C-major/G-mixolydian) tune in print is in Robert Bremner's 1757 book A Collection of Scots Reels. However, it had earlier appeared in David Young's copybook labelled “A Collection of Country Dances written for use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734”, which is also known as “the Drummond Castle Manuscript” as it is preserved at Drummond Castle, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 23 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 12 in F major

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

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 24 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Gayment by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

The joyful piece we present today is the second movement of the tenth 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 25 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the tenth 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
Friday 26 June 2015

Tune of the Day: The Mullingar Races

 Traditional Irish reel

This reel appears in O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems, published in 1907. Mullingar is a market town in County Westmeath, about 80 kilometers west of Dublin.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 27 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Sonatina by J.S. Bach

 from “Actus Tragicus”, transcribed for two flutes and piano

Bach was probably only 22 years old when he composed this Sonatina, in which two alto recorders mournfully echo each other over a sonorous background. The piece is the opening movement of the sacred cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, also known as Actus Tragicus. Composed for a funeral, this cantata ranks among Bach's most important works, and musicologist Alfred Dürr even called it “a work of genius such as even great masters seldom achieve”.

Thanks to Marcello for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Funeral musicDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 28 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Naudot

 from “Les plaisirs de Champigny”, transcribed for 3 flutes

This is the fifth movement of French composer Jacques-Christophe Naudot's Suite en trio “Les plaisirs de Champigny”, Op. 18. The piece was originally written for musette (a baroque-era instrument similar to a bagpipe), flute and violin, but it can be played as is by two flutes and a violin, or with very little modification (the little notes in the violin part) by three modern flutes.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 29 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This quick study in double-tonguing is the sixteenth piece from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 30 June 2015

Tune of the Day: Hopkin's Hornpipe

 Traditional English tune

This hornpipe is earliest found in the mid-19th-century manuscript tunebook of fiddler Lawrence Leadley (1827-1897) of Helperby in Yorkshire. It was later published in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883).

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate