Thursday 1 December 2016

Tune of the Day: The Showman's Jig

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from the 1922 collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody by Francis O'Neill, who cites as a source for the tune the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind Irish fiddler, notated by his student.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 2 December 2016

Tune of the Day: March of the Priests

 from Gluck's “Alceste”, arranged for flute and keyboard

This “Sacred March” is taken from Act I, Scene 3 of Christoph Willibald Gluck's 1767 opera Alceste.

We think it has a somewhat Christmassy sound to it, so we deemed it appropriate to post it now. Many people have also chosen to play this march as a wedding processional, and it is indeed a valid alternative to the traditional Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”) by Wagner.

Thanks to Marcello for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Christmas carols Classical Marches Wedding musicDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 3 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Menuets by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 3 for two flutes

This pair of minuets constitutes the closing 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 term babiole humbly indicates something of little value or importance, a trifle.

Categories: Baroque MinuetsDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 4 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The 9/8-time Andantino in F-sharp major we present today is the thirteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 5 December 2016

Tune of the Day: The Mischievous Bee

 English air and jig

This jig appears in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. It was originally an air composed by Dublin-born tenor Michael Kelly for Henry Siddons's 1807 comedy Time's a Tell-tale. The song was popular and appears in collections and song-sheets on both sides of the Atlantic through the mid-19th century.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Telemann

 from Partita No. 3, arranged for flute and keyboard

This Vivace is the sixth movement, and fifth “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 7 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Diavolo by Auber

 Tune from the opera “Fra Diavolo”, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The tune is that of Zerline's celebrated aria from Act I of Daniel Auber's 1830 opera Fra Diavolo, ou L'hôtellerie de Terracine. The original French lyrics start with “Voyez sur cette roche”, but the Italian (“Quell'uom dal fiero aspetto”) and English (“On yonder rock reclining”) translations are also well known.

The aria makes a notable appearance in the 1933 Laurel and Hardy film The Devil's Brothers (a.k.a. Bogus Bandits), based on Auber's opera.

Categories: Arias Opera excerptsDifficulty: easy
Thursday 8 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This Allegro 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
Friday 9 December 2016

Tune of the Day: There's Whiskey in the Jar

 Traditional Irish reel

This reel is taken from Harding's All Round Collection, published in 1905. The second part is oddly composed of just six measures, and was probably based on the chorus of the famous song strain “Whiskey in the Jar”.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 10 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Merry Gathering of Country Folk

 from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Today we present a melodic transcription of the third movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony.

Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great deal of his time on walks in the country. He also frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations. Each of the Symphony's five movements (yes, five, not the four typical of Classical symphonies) was annotated with a title evocative of the countryside. The third movement, a scherzo, carries the title “Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute”, which means “Merry gathering of country folk”, and aptly depicts country folk dancing and revelling. It ends abruptly on an imperfect cadence, leading without a pause into the fourth movement, titled “Thunder, Storm”.

Thanks to Kaitlyn for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Romantic SymphoniesDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 11 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Gracieusement by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

This “gracious” piece constitutes the opening movement of the fourth 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: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 12 December 2016

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The animated cut-time Moderato in D-sharp minor we present today is the fourteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Tuesday 13 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Jackson's Stranger

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig appears in O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, published circa 1810. It is known under several different titles, including “Apples in Winter”, “Gillan's Apples” and “Jackson's Growling Cat”. The Jackson mentioned in the title is almost certainly the 18th-century Irish gentleman-composer Walker “Piper” Jackson.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 14 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 3, transcribed for flute and piano

This “Allegro assai” in rondo form is the final movement of the third of 5 Divertimentos for three basset horns composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart between 1783 and 1785. These pieces were later rearranged for solo piano and published as the Six Viennese Sonatinas, which is why this piece is also known as the Allegro from Sonatina No. 4.

Categories: Classical RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 15 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Haydn's Military Movement

 from Symphony No. 100, arranged for two flutes

Haydn's Symphony No. 100 is nicknamed “Military” because of its second movement, which features prominent fanfares written for trumpets and percussion effects. After the 1794 premiere, one reviewer wrote that the second movement evoked the “hellish roar of war increasing to a climax of horrid sublimity!”

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

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: easy
Friday 16 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

Today's piece is the twelfth study 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
Saturday 17 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Green Grow the Rushes, O

 Traditional English Christmas carol

This English folk song is one of many “counting” Christmas carols, and in this aspect it is similar to the more famous “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. It is cumulative in structure, with each stanza built up from the previous one by adding a new verse.

I'll sing you one, O
Green grow the rushes, O
What is your one, O?
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

“Green Grow the Rushes, O” is the Regimental Song of the 3rd United States Cavalry, currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. The phrase “Green grow” is purported to be the origin of the slang term “Gringo”, resulting from the Regiment of Mounted Rifles having sung their song all over the populated areas of Mexico while campaigning there in 1847.

This song is not to be confused with Robert Burns's similarly titled “Green Grow the Rashes”, which is of Scottish origin!

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 18 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Largo by Vivaldi

 from Recorder Concerto in C minor, transcribed for flute and piano

Today we present an arrangement for flute and piano of the central slow movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV 441. Originally scored for recorder and strings, this Largo features at its heart a gorgeous solo.

Thanks to Andrea for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque ConcertosDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 19 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Villageoises by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

These two villageoises (which literally means ‛villagers’ in French, or, as an adjective, ‛rustic’) constitute the second movement of the fourth 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: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 20 December 2016

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The 9/8-time Andante in D-flat major we present today is the fifteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 21 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Murphy's Weather Eye

 Traditional Irish jig

“Murphy's Weather Eye” was an early-19th-century song. It appeared in print as early as 1832 in Hodgson's National Songster.

Murphy hath a weather eye;
He can tell whene'er he pleases,
If it will be wet or dry,
When 'twill thaw, and when it freezes.

A distanced version of this jig is known to Cape Breton fiddlers under the same title “Murphy's Weather Eye”, but also as "An Inverness Jig", referring to the Canadian county of Inverness, Nova Scotia.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 22 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Corrente by Leclair

 from Flute Sonata in C major

This courante is the second 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
Friday 23 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Handel's March

 from “Joshua”, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The melody is from one of George Frideric Handel's most famous choruses, “See the Conq'ring Hero Comes”, which was originally penned for the 1747 oratorio Joshua. It was an immensely popular number, and Handel soon added it to Judas Maccabaeus, which had premiered the season before. The chorus is more often thought of in connection with that oratorio because of its relatively greater fame.

Categories: Baroque Marches OratoriosDifficulty: easy
Saturday 24 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This Allegro Moderato 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
Sunday 25 December 2016

Tune of the Day: The Fifer's

 Traditional American jig

This jig, probably of American origin, is taken from Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 26 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Presto by Telemann

 from Partita No. 3, arranged for flute and keyboard

This Presto is the seventh movement, and sixth “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
Tuesday 27 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Musette en Rondeau by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

This Musette is the third movement of the fourth 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 Musettes RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 28 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 29 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Green Grow the Rashes

 Traditional Scottish tune

The first strain of this old air is said to have appeared in the now lost Straloch lute manuscript as early as 1627; by the 1760s, when the whole tune was printed in Neil Stewart's Reels and in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth, it was already considered ancient.

The “Green Grow the Rashes” title is from Scotland national poet Robert Burns's reworking of the poem sung to a tune called “The Grant's Rant”.

This tune is often confused with the similarly titled “Green Grow the Rushes, O”, which is commonly sung as a Christmas carol. They are, however, totally distinct.

Friday 30 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Stamitz

 from Clarinet Concerto No. 3, transcribed for solo flute

Today we propose a version for solo flute of the beautiful closing Rondo from Carl Stamitz's Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-flat major.

Thanks to Julie for contributing this transcription!

Categories: Classical Concertos RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 31 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Tyrolese Duett

 for two flutes

Today's piece, a “Tyrolean duet” for two flutes, is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.

Unfortunately we were unable to track the exact origins of this melody, but we suspect that it was adapted from a Romantic-era piece. If you recognize the tune, please let us know!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy