Wednesday 1 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Presto by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 6

This Presto is the fifth movement of the last 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
Thursday 2 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Invention in C major by J.S. Bach

 arranged for two flutes

Johann Sebastian Bach's Two-Part Inventions are a collection of fifteen short keyboard compositions, originally written as musical exercises for his students.

Today we present the very first of the inventions in an arrangement for two flutes by Wilhelm Schönicke, originally published in 1902.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 3 July 2015

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

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the eleventh 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
Saturday 4 July 2015

Tune of the Day: All Hands Hoy

 Traditional English tune

This reel appears in the second volume of Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, first printed in London in 1765. “All hands hoy” is a naval expression used to assemble a ship's company, basically equivalent to “All hands on deck”. The tune also appears in print under the title “All Hands High”.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 5 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Song of India

 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged for flute and piano

This famous aria is sung by the Indian guest in Scene 4 of Rimsky-Korsakov's 1896 opera Sadko.

In 1937, trombonist Tommy Dorsey recorded an instrumental jazz arrangement of this piece, which became a jazz standard.

Categories: Arias Jazz Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 6 July 2015

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

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 6 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
Tuesday 7 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This arpeggiated study is the seventeenth 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
Wednesday 8 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Manhattan Hornpipe

 Traditional American tune

This quick hornpipe first appeared in print in Ryan's Mammoth Collection of reels, jigs and other traditional pieces, published in Boston in 1883.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 9 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Siciliana by Veracini

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

This Larghetto in A major is the opening 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.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 10 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Air de Chasse by Naudot

 from “Les plaisirs de Champigny”

This is the closing 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 (see the little notes in the violin part) by three modern flutes.

Thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 11 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today we present the twelfth study from Italian flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi's Vingt études chantantes pour la flûte (“Twenty melodious studies for flute”), Op. 88. The indication “Lento e ben marcato il canto” at the beginning instructs to play slowly and to emphasize the upper melody.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 12 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Kilcoy Castle

 Traditional Scottish reel

This A-mixolydian pipe tune appears in MacDonald's The Skye Collection, published in 1887.

Kilcoy Castle is a 17th-century castle in the northern region of Ross and Cromarty, Scotland. The name Kilcoy derives from the Gaelic Cu coille, meaning ‘nook of the hazel wood’.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 13 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life

 arranged for flute and piano

This well-known song, also known as “The Dream Melody”, is sung in Act I of Victor Herbert's 1910 operetta Naughty Marietta.

The piece is used as a recurring gag in Mel Brooks' 1974 film Young Frankenstein.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this song!

Categories: Opera excerptsDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 14 July 2015

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

 from Flute Sonata No. 2, arranged for two flutes

This arrangement for two flutes of the beautiful Siciliano from Johann Sebastian Bach's Flute Sonata No. 2 was kindly contributed by one of our visitors.

The original arrangement for flute and keyboard can be found here.

Categories: Baroque SicilianasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 15 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D-flat major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This waltz-time study is the eighteenth 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
Thursday 16 July 2015

Tune of the Day: The Jolly Weaver

 Traditional Irish reel

This traditional Irish reel, also known under the title “Tim the Market Man”, is taken from O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in 1903.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 17 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Casta diva

 from Bellini's opera “Norma”

“Casta diva” is definitely one of the most famous arias of the 19th century. It is sung in Act I of Vincenzo Bellini's 1831 opera Norma, a leading example of the bel canto (literally “beautiful singing”) genre.

Thanks to Joe for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Arias Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 18 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

Today we present the third movement of a little Sonata in G major for two flutes written by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Sunday 19 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

Today's piece is the thirteenth 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
Monday 20 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Billy in the Woods

 Traditional American tune

This reel is taken from the third volume of George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels, originally published in Baltimore in 1839.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 21 July 2015

Tune of the Day: La Cinquantaine

 arranged for flute and piano

This piece was composed in 1887 for cello and piano by Jean Gabriel Marie, a French Romantic composer. The title “La cinquantaine” is French for “The Golden Wedding”, or the 50th wedding anniversary.

Categories: RomanticDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 22 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Air on the G string

 from J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3, arranged for two flutes

This arrangement for two flutes of the famous Air from Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major was kindly contributed by one of our visitors.

An arrangement for flute and keyboard can be found here.

Categories: Baroque Show-off pieces Wedding musicDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 23 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study, based on large intervals, is the twentieth 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
Friday 24 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Big Barney

 Traditional Scottish/Irish jig

This jig is taken from the third volume of James Kerr's Merry Melodies, originally published in the 1870s.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 25 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Minuet by Benedetto Marcello

 from Recorder Sonata No. 12 in F major

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

Categories: Baroque Minuets SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 26 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in C major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 7 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
Monday 27 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

This study in triplets constitutes the fourteenth 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 28 July 2015

Tune of the Day: The Forth Brig

 Hornpipe by James Scott Skinner

This hornpipe tune was composed by the famous Scottish fiddler James Scott Skinner in commemoration of the opening of the railway bridge over the Forth of Firth in 1890.

Categories: HornpipesDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 29 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Evening in Transylvania

 by Béla Bartók, transcribed for flute and piano

This piece, alternating two Hungarian folk tunes, is taken from Béla Bartók's 10 Easy Pieces for piano, composed in 1908. It was later orchestrated by the composer himself as the first movement of the Hungarian Sketches (1931), and has since become one of his most popular pieces.

Thanks to István for suggesting this tune!

Categories: 20th century Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 30 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Invention in C minor by J.S. Bach

 arranged for two flutes

Johann Sebastian Bach's Two-Part Inventions are a collection of fifteen short keyboard compositions, originally written as musical exercises for his students.

Today we present the second of the inventions in an arrangement for two flutes by Wilhelm Schönicke, originally published in 1902.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 31 July 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study in grace notes is the twenty-first 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