Monday 1 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This “Allegro moderato” is the forty-fifth 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
Tuesday 2 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Butcher's Row

 Traditional American tune

This reel is taken from Harding's All Round Collection, published in 1905. A slightly different tune appears under the same title of “Butcher's Row” in the 1867 collection Howe's 1000 Jigs And Reels.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 3 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Scherzo in B-flat major by Schubert

 transcribed for solo flute

This spirited piece is the first of two scherzos for piano that Franz Schubert wrote in 1817. Here the composer adopts the usual ternary ABA form of such pieces, where the B section is known as the trio.

Not long ago, Doritos used this piece as the soundtrack for one of their commercials (played on the flute!), so, in case you're wondering, that's where you may have heard it.

Thanks to David for suggesting this tune!

Categories: RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 4 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro moderato by Jensen

 from Flute duet No. 5

This gorgeous “Allegro moderato” in G is the first movement of the fifth flute duet from Six duos faciles et brillants by Danish flutist and composer Niels Peter Jensen.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 5 February 2016

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

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This Allegro in C-sharp minor is the eighteenth piece from a collection of 24 Etudes for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and improved its fingering system.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 6 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Shaun Truish Willichan

 Traditional Scottish tune

With this popular hornpipe air is associated a special Highland dance, commonly referred to as “Sean Truis”, but occasionally as “Willichan”. The tune first appears in print in Robert Bremner's A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances, published in 1757.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 7 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Hungarian Dance No. 6

 by Johannes Brahms, transcribed for solo flute

Today's tune is the sixth of Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances (Ungarische Tänze in German), a set of 21 lively dance tunes based on Hungarian themes. Even if originally written for piano four-hands, each dance has been arranged for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. Our arrangement for solo flute is in the key of D major, like the version for orchestra by Brahms himself; the original version for piano four-hands, however, is in D-flat major.

Thanks to Karolina for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Dance tunes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 8 February 2016

Tune of the Day: The Rose of Allandale

  Traditional English tune, arranged for flute trio

“The Rose of Allendale” is an English song, with words by Charles Jefferys and music by Sidney Nelson, composed in the 1840s. Many people, however, mistakenly believe it to be a traditional Irish song, as it has been sung by many prominent Irish folk singers. Sometimes it is also believed to be a Scottish song.

The song lyrics are about a maiden from the town of Allendale, Northumberland; in love songs, a rose, regarded as a beautiful and romantic flower, is often the fairest maiden of a region or village.

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

Categories: Celtic Music Love songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 9 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study in C major is the seventh piece from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855.

It is mainly a study in turns (also known as gruppettos). If you're unsure about how to execute these ornaments, you can read about them in our guide to musical symbols. Listening to the audio preview of the piece is also highly recommended.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 10 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Innisfal

 Traditional Scottish tune

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

Categories: Celtic Music HornpipesDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 11 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Prelude by Krebs

 from “Clavier-Ubung”, transcribed for solo flute

This Prelude is the opening movement of the second volume of Clavier-Ubung (“keyboard exercise”) by German organist and composer Johann Ludwig Krebs, originally published in Nuremberg around 1744.

Thanks to Gioralamo for suggesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 12 February 2016

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

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 14 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 13 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Boehm

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This “Allegro vivo” in A major is the nineteenth piece from a collection of 24 Etudes for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and improved its fingering system.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 14 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Miss Mary Douglas

 Traditional Scottish tune

This 6/8-time country dance tune is usually attributed to the famous Scottish fiddler Niel Gow (1727–1807).

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 15 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (“How beautifully the morning star shines”), BWV 1, is a chorale cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1725 for the feast of the Annunciation. It is based on the 1599 hymn of the same name by Philipp Nicolai.

What we propose today is a short melodic transcription of the main instrumental themes from Bach's opening chorus.

Thanks to Jonnathan for suggesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 16 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Mozart

 from “12 Horn Duos”, arranged for two flutes

This Allegro is the first of Mozart's Twelve Duos for Horn, K. 487, which he composed in Vienna in 1786. They were probably intended for the basset horn, a wind instrument similar to the clarinet, but larger, in F (less often in G), and with a darker sound.

Thanks to Chelsea for suggesting this piece!

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 17 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

The Adagio in A major we present today is the ninth étude from French flutist and composer Louis Drouet's 72 Studies on Taste and Style for the Boehm Flute, published in 1855. It features a number of appoggiaturas and acciaccaturas, as well as a couple turns.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 18 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Looney MacTwolter

 Traditional English tune

The title of this tune refers to a favorite Irish comic character for the musical farce The Review, or the Wags of Windsor by George Colman Jr., first produced in 1800. It was one of Colman's favorite works, and was frequently staged in Britain, Ireland and America in the first half of the 19th century.

The present setting is taken from White's Unique Collection, published in 1896.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 19 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Telemann

 from Partita No. 2, arranged for flute and keyboard

This is the third movement, and second aria, of Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita No. 2 in G major, TWV 41:G2, 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.

Thanks to Yaakov for suggesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 20 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 15 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 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp minor by Boehm

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This “Scherzoso” (‛playful’) in F-sharp minor is the twentieth piece from a collection of 24 Etudes for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and improved its fingering system.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 22 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Jockey to the Fair

 Traditional English dance tune

This melody, dating at least from the mid-18th century, was a popular tune throughout England and served several functions, including dancing and marching. Morris dance versions are widespread, while one version of the tune was used as a march in the British army during the Revolutionary War period. The word “jockey” is Scottish in origin and derives from the word “joculator”, which by the 17th century meant an itinerant minstrel.

The oldest occurrence of this tune in print is in T. Straight's 24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1779, under the title “General Action”.

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 23 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Coronation March by Meyerbeer

 transcribed for solo flute

This Coronation March is taken from Act IV of the 1849 French-language opera Le prophète (“The Prophet”) by German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer.

Thanks to Ferdinand for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Marches Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 24 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Menuetto by Mozart

 from “12 Horn Duos”, arranged for two flutes

This minuet is the second of Mozart's Twelve Duos for Horn, K. 487, which he composed in Vienna in 1786. They were probably intended for the basset horn, a wind instrument similar to the clarinet, but larger, in F (less often in G), and with a darker sound.

Categories: Classical MinuetsDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 25 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study in mordents is the ninteenth 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 26 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Cooper's Hornpipe

 Traditional Scottish tune

This Scottish tune appears twice in Northumbrian musician William Vickers's 1770 manuscript, once as “Fox in the Dumps” and once as “Exciseman's Hornpipe”. The melody later appeared in a number of 19th-century English manuscripts, sometimes under the title “Swan's Hornpipe”.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 27 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Presto by Telemann

 from Partita No. 2, arranged for flute and keyboard

This is the sixth movement, and fifth aria, of Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita No. 2 in G major, TWV 41:G2, 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.

Thanks to Yaakov for suggesting this piece!

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 28 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Duet in E major by Hugues

 from “School of Flute”

Today we propose duet No. 16 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 29 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Boehm

 from “24 Etudes for solo flute”

This 12/8-time “Allegro risoluto” (“bold allegro”) in D major is the twenty-first piece from a collection of 24 Etudes for the flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute and improved its fingering system.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced