Tuesday 1 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Duet in A minor by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today's piece is the first duet from the third volume of La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute) by Italian composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 2 November 2016

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

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This study is taken from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 3 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Wicklow

 Traditional Irish jig

The only known appearance of this jig in print is in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905.

The Wicklow Mountains constitute the largest continuous upland area in Ireland. They occupy the whole center of County Wicklow and stretch outside its borders into Counties Dublin, Wexford and Carlow. Wicklow is also the name of the main town of County Wicklow.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 4 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Grand Solo No. 1 by Kuhlau, Adagio

 form “Trois Grand Solos” for flute and keyboard

Friedrich Kuhlau, a German-Danish pianist and composer of the late Classic and early Romantic eras, wrote several compositions for flute. The ”Adagio con espressione” we propose today is the central movement of the first of 3 Grand Solos for flute and piano, Op. 57. Some editions mark the piano accompaniment as “ad libitum”, meaning that the piece can very well be played by a solo flute without any accompaniment.

Many thanks to Lily for contributing this piece!

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 5 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Barcarolle from Masaniello

 by Daniel Auber, arranged for two flutes

This celebrated barcarolle is part of Act II of French composer Daniel Auber's 1828 opera La muette de Portici, which is also known as Masaniello. In its original form, the piece is an aria titled “Amis, la matinée est belle” (“Friends, the morning is beautiful”), sung by Masaniello himself.

The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Arias Barcarolles Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 6 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in C-sharp minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The Allegro in C-sharp minor we present today is the tenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 7 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Heart of Oak

 English march

“Heart of Oak” is the official march of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. It is also the official march of several Commonwealth navies, including the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. Its music was originally composed by organist William Boyce as part of an opera. It was first played publicly on New Year's Eve of 1760 as part of David Garrick's pantomime Harlequin's Invasion.

The oak in the song's title refers to the wood from which British warships were generally made during the age of sail. The “heart of oak” is the strongest central wood of the tree.

There is also an American version of this piece, titled “The Liberty Song”, which was published by John Dickinson in 1768. It was often sung at political meetings, dinners and celebrations in the years leading up to the American Revolution.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Military music PatrioticDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 8 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Telemann

 from Partita No. 3, arranged for flute and keyboard

This Allegro is the fifth movement, and fourth “aria”, of Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita No. 3 in C minor, TWV 41:c1, originally published in 1716 as part of the Kleine Kammermusik (“little chamber music”) collection. The original edition indicates that the melody is intended to be played by an oboe, a violin, or a flute.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 9 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Duet No. 2 in C major

 from “School of Flute”

This study in tremolos is the second duet from the third volume of La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute) by Italian composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 10 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Popper

 from “High School of Cello Playing”, transcribed for solo flute

This étude was kindly contributed to our collection by Lily. It is based on Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper's Hohe Schule des Violoncello-Spiels (High School of Cello Playing), Op. 73, published in 1901.

The central part of the study, notated in octave clef, provides a fun challenge in the high register; it can also be played, however, in normal treble clef. The low C's in measures 60–63 can also be played one octave above, if desired.

Categories: Etudes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 11 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Paddy's Resource

 Traditional Irish march

In Songs and Music of the Redcoats (1970), Lewis Winstock says that this tune was written by Irish band sergeant James O'Connor as a march for his British army regiment, the 77th, in the Crimean War (1855), at the suggestion, it is said, of his commanding officer. Perhaps it was that O'Connor adapted it, for the tune had already appeared some seventy years earlier in A Collection of Scots Measures by Alexander ‛King’ McGlashan, published around 1780.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs MarchesDifficulty: easy
Saturday 12 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Caro mio ben

 by Giordani, transcribed for flute and piano

Unlike many classical Italian songs, “Caro mio ben” does not come from an opera, but, rather, was composed as a stand-alone concert piece. Until recently, the popular arietta was ascribed to Naples-born composer Giuseppe Giordani (1751–1798). However, scholars now consider his older brother Tommaso Giordani, or his father Giuseppe Giordani senior, more likely to be the aria's composer.

My dear beloved,
Believe me at least this much,
Without you, languishes my heart.
Your faithful one always sighs;
Cease, cruel one, so much punishment.

Thanks to Jon for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Arias ClassicalDifficulty: easy
Sunday 13 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Musette by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 3 for two flutes

This Musette is the fifth movement of the third of Jacques-Christophe Naudot's 6 Babioles pour 2 Vieles, Musettes, Flutes-a-bec, Flutes traversieres, Haubois, ou Violons, sans Basse. The French word babiole humbly indicates something of little value or importance, a trifle.

Categories: Baroque MusettesDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 14 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This study is taken from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 15 November 2016

Tune of the Day: The Penniless Traveller

 Traditional Irish jig

This old strain, associated with the uilleann piping tradition, appeared in print at least as early as 1798, albeit in a much simpler setting. According to O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, it was included in six Collections of Country Dances published in London in that year.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 16 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Menuetto by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 3, transcribed for flute and piano

This minuet in C is the fourth movement of the third of 5 Divertimentos for three basset horns composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1783 to 1785.

Categories: Classical MinuetsDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 17 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Duet No. 3 in G major

 from “School of Flute”

This frantic cut-time Allegro is the third duet from the third volume of La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute) by Italian composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 18 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The Moderato in B major we present today is the eleventh piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Saturday 19 November 2016

Tune of the Day: The O'Loughlin

 Traditional Irish reel

This Irish reel is taken from Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. Its second strain is unusual in that it has 10 bars rather than the usual eight for reels.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 20 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Berceuse by Fauré

 arranged for flute and piano

The Berceuse, Op. 16 is one of several charming miniatures for violin and piano by Gabriel Fauré. Originally composed in 1879, it quickly became one of the French composer's most famous pieces, and countless arrangements have since been published. The original key is D major, but most transcriptions for the flute are in F major, to remedy the fact that the original lowest note, an A3, is not within the flute's range.

This piece is not to be confused with the equally famous Berceuse from Fauré's Dolly suite, Op. 56.

Thanks to Federica and Kevin for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Lullabies RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 21 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Art Thou Happy Lovely Lady

 arranged for two flutes

This song was originally written around 1830 by English-American organist George James Webb. The title and lyrics are those of a poem by the contemporary Rufus Dawes.

The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This study is taken from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 23 November 2016

Tune of the Day: The Answer I Got

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Chicago police officer Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill's source is the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 24 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Vinci

 from Flute Sonata in D major

Totally unrelated to the more famous 15th-century polymath Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo Vinci was an early 18th-century Italian composer, best known for his operas. His sonata in D major for flute, of which we present today the closing Allegro, is one of the few of his instrumental works to be still played today.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 25 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Rondeaus by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 3 for two flutes

These two rondeaus constitute the sixth movement of the first of Jacques-Christophe Naudot's 6 Babioles pour 2 Vieles, Musettes, Flutes-a-bec, Flutes traversieres, Haubois, ou Violons, sans Basse. The French term babiole humbly indicates something of little value or importance, a trifle.

Categories: Baroque RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 26 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in G-sharp minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The “Allegro ma non troppo” in G-sharp minor we present today is the twelfth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Sunday 27 November 2016

Tune of the Day: La Belle Catharine

 Traditional country dance tune

Scholar Kate Van Winkler Keller calls this tune “one of the most popular tunes of the late 1780s”. It was popular with fifers as well as fiddlers, and it was notably published in New Instructions for the German Flute (London, c. 1780). It was a favorite country dance in England and the Post-Revolutionary United States, and was still played by fifers during the American Civil War (1861).

Categories: Dance tunes Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 28 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Leclair

 from Flute Sonata in C major

This gorgeous Adagio is the opening movement of French Baroque composer Jean-Marie Leclair's Sonata for violin or flute and continuo in C major, Op. 1 No. 2. The first edition of this sonata was published in Paris around 1723.

Thanks to Marian for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 29 November 2016

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

 from “School of Flute”

This “Andante mosso” is the fourth duet from the third volume of La scuola del flauto (The School of the Flute) by Italian composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

Thanks to Paolo for contributing this piece!

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 30 November 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This sextuplet-based study is taken from the fourth part of the Méthode pour la flûte by French Romantic flutist and composer Louis Drouet, published in Paris in 1828.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate