Tuesday 1 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This 6/8-time Allegretto is the twenty-sixth 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 2 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Pheasant’s Dance

 Traditional English tune

This jig appears in the 1770 music manuscript of William Vickers, and as “Dance in Queen Mab” in the first volume of James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in 1782. “Queen Mab” was a pantomime written by Charles Burney, James Oswald and other composers and staged in Drury Lane, London, in 1750. Presumably, this “Pheasant's Dance” was derived from a piece from this production.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 3 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Aria by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 1

This rondeau-form (AABACA) aria constitutes the fourth movement of the first of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 4 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in E major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 11 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
Saturday 5 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study No. 19 in A-flat major

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

This study in staccato articulation is the nineteenth 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
Sunday 6 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Enchanted Valley

 Traditional Irish slow air

This slow air is taken from Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, published in 1903. He indicates Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill as the source for this tune. In The Complete Collection of Irish Music, George Petrie notes that this is a variant of “Oh Fair John My Love”.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 7 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Giga by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 4 in G minor

The gigue we present today is the closing movement of a Sonata in G minor for flute and continuo, written around 1750 by Italian Classical composer Giuseppe Sarti.

Categories: Classical Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 8 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Invention in D 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 fourth of the inventions in an arrangement for two flutes by Wilhelm Schönicke, originally published in 1902.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 9 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study on double tonguing is the twenty-seventh 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
Thursday 10 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Goat Fell

 Traditional Scottish strathspey

This Scottish strathspey appears in the third volume of James Kerr's Merry Melodies collection, published around 1880.

Goat Fell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. The name is believed to mean either ‛Mountain of Wind’ or ‛Goat Mountain’.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 11 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Presto by Blavet

 from Flute Sonata No. 1

This joyous Presto is the closing movement of the first of six sonatas for flute and continuo by French Baroque composer and flute virtuoso Michel Blavet, first published in Paris in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Saturday 12 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Lentement by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This is the slow third movement of the eleventh 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
Sunday 13 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Gariboldi

 from “Vingt études chantantes”

This “furious” study is the last 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
Monday 14 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Hamilton House

 Traditional Scottish jig

This melody was composed by Edinburgh composer and cellist Joseph Reinagle about 1783, and was originally called “Colonel Hamilton's Delight”.

There is a Scottish country dance called “Hamilton House”, which portrays in the steps the peculiar succession of the earldom of Selkirk: if the Duke of Hamilton, head of the house, has a younger brother, then the earldom passes to the latter rather than to the duke. However, there is also a Hamilton House, or Lord Magdalen's House, in the old village of Preston, East Lothian, Scotland.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 15 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegretto by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 1 in G major

This lively Allegretto is the opening movement of a Sonata in G major for flute and continuo, written around 1750 by Italian Classical composer Giuseppe Sarti.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 16 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Duet in A major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 12 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
Thursday 17 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This chromatic study is the twenty-eighth 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 18 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Munster Bank

 Traditional Irish polka

Ireland has historically been divided into four provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. Munster is the southernmost of them, including cities such as Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

This tune goes by many different names, and as is often the case with polkas, it tends to be called after a local musician. Some of the most common titles are “Dan Sweeney's Polka”, “Johnny Leary's Polka” and “Art O'Keeffe's Polka”.

Categories: Polkas Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 19 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Wanhal

 from Sonata in C major

This Adagio in G major is the central movement of a Sonata in C major for flute or violin written by Czech Classical composer Johann Baptist Wanhal.

Categories: Classical SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 20 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Invention in E-flat 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 fifth of the inventions in an arrangement for two flutes by Wilhelm Schönicke, originally published in 1902.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 21 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Boehm

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This study in trills is the opening piece of a collection of 24 studies for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and its improved fingering system.

Thanks to Azizcan for suggesting this!

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 22 September 2015

Tune of the Day: The Hills of Alva

 Scottish pipe band march

This popular pipe band march is named after the Hills of Alva in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The tune was composed by Tom “Tam” Muirhead, a dance-band accordion player from Lanarkshire who happened to live nearby to pipe band members who picked up the march (composed around 1970) from his repertoire.

Categories: Celtic Music Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 23 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Largo e Cantabile by Sarti

 from Flute Sonata No. 1 in G major

This gorgeous, melodious Largo is the central movement of a Sonata in G major for flute and continuo, written around 1750 by Italian Classical composer Giuseppe Sarti.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 24 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Boismortier

 from “Petites sonates à deux flûtes traversières”

This gigue is the closing movement of the eleventh 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
Friday 25 September 2015

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

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This 9/8-time Adagio is the twenty-ninth 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
Saturday 26 September 2015

Tune of the Day: The Smith's a Gallant Fireman

 Traditional Scottish strathspey

In his 1986 Scots fiddle collection Beauties of the North, Bill Hardie remarks that the title of this strathspey refers to the days when the village blacksmith would serve the populace not only by his trade, but would also be called upon to extinguish fires in the event of an emergency.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 27 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Wanhal

 from Sonata in C major

This gorgeous Allegro is the opening movement of a Sonata in C major for flute or violin written by Czech Classical composer Johann Baptist Wanhal.

Categories: Classical SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 28 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Die Fledermaus Overture

 by Johann Strauss, transcribed for three flutes

Composed in 1874, Die Fledermaus (German for “The Bat”) is the most celebrated operetta by Austrian composer Johann Strauss, Jr.

Many thanks to Joyce Kai for sharing this colossal arrangement of the Overture for flute trio!

Categories: Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: advanced
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Boehm

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This study in double tonguing is the second piece from a collection of 24 studies for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and its improved fingering system.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 30 September 2015

Tune of the Day: Juniper Hall

 Traditional American tune

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

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy