Thursday 1 September 2016

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

 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 ”Allegro con gusto” (meaning “with taste” or “with pleasure”) we propose today is the opening 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
Friday 2 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Wellesley Waltz

 Traditional waltz

This waltz for three flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The title might refer to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who was in command of the English armies facing Napoleon during the Peninsular War (1807–1814).

Categories: Traditional/Folk WaltzesDifficulty: easy
Saturday 3 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in F minor by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This study in octaves is the sixty-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
Sunday 4 September 2016

Tune of the Day: The Guard House

 Traditional English jig

This tune dates to the latter 18th century, first appearing in a Skillern collection published in London in 1776. The same tune was later published by Robert Petrie under the title “The Marchioness”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 5 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Leonardo 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 opening Adagio, is one of the few of his instrumental works to be still played today.

Thanks to Ivana for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 6 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Sauteuses by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 2 for two flutes

These two sauteuses (which literally means ‛jumpers’ in French, probably alluding to the typical rhythm they feature) constitute the fourth 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: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 7 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Boehm

 from “24 Caprice-Etudes for Flute”

This octave jump-packed Allegro in B minor is the twenty-second piece from a collection of 24 “Caprice-Études” for flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute. These studies originally served as a proof of the playability of Boehm's improved instrument in all 24 keys, but they are also very useful technical exercises.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 8 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Dunkeld House

 Traditional Scottish jig

This jig was composed by the famous Scots fiddler-composer Niel Gow around the 1770s for his patron John Murray, the Duke of Atholl. Dunkeld House in Perthshire was one of the latter's seats, lying near to Inver, the birthplace of the great fiddler. In his book Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century (1984), scholar David Johnson wrote that the tune, which has “an unmistakable air of friendship (for Murray) about it”, is still popular in Scotland. It was first published in Gow's First Collection of Niel Gow's Reels (1784).

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 9 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Corrente by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in D minor, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This courante is the second movement from Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 7 in D minor, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5. As conductor Andrew Manze put it, this is “arguably the finest and most influential set of violin sonatas ever assembled. All other baroque sonatas can be defined as being pre- or post-Corelli'”.

Categories: Baroque Courantes SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 10 September 2016

Tune of the Day: The Maid of Llangollen

 arranged for flute duet

This flute duet, based on a melody by James C. Clarke, is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Tho' lowly my lot and tho' poor my estate,
I see without envy the wealthy and great;
Contented an proud a poor shepherd to be,
While the maid of Llangollen smiles sweetly on me.

Llangollen is a small town in north-east Wales, situated on the River Dee and on the edge of the Berwyn mountains.

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 11 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study No. 69 in A major

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This Largo is the sixty-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
Monday 12 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Celtic Humor

 Traditional Irish-style jig

This A-minor jig, probably of Irish 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
Tuesday 13 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Presto by Telemann

 from Partita No. 3, arranged for flute and keyboard

This Presto is the second movement, and first “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: easy
Wednesday 14 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Très lentement by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 2 for two flutes

This very short, slow piece in C minor is the fifth 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. This can be a good piece to experiment with baroque ornamentation.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: easy
Thursday 15 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Boehm

 from “24 Caprice-Etudes for Flute”

This Allegro in G major is the twenty-third piece of a collection of 24 “Caprice-Études” for flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute. These studies originally served to demonstrate the playability of Boehm's improved instrument in all 24 keys, but they are also very useful technical exercises.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 16 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Courtney's Jig

 Traditional Irish jig

This lovely D-major jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922); O'Neill copied it from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, published circa 1808.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 17 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Italian Polka

 by Rachmaninoff, arranged for flute and piano

This arrangement for flute and piano of Sergei Rachmaninoff's “Italian Polka” was kindly contributed by Corrado Botta.

This energetic polka was originally composed for two pianos around 1906. The original key was E-flat minor, but the present arrangement is in the much easier key of D minor. A version for solo flute in the original key is also available in our collection.

Categories: 20th century Polkas RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 18 September 2016

Tune of the Day: The Harper's Song

 Traditional tune, arranged for two flutes

This 2/4-time “Allegro Moderato” for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 19 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study No. 70 in B-flat major

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This songful Allegretto is the seventieth 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 Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 20 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Larry O'Gaff

 Traditional Irish jig

This tune, dating back at least to the first half of the 19th century, is also known under quite a few other titles, most notably “Daniel O'Connell” and “Bundle and Go”. It is also the air to the drinking song “Humors of Whiskey”.

Categories: Celtic Music Drinking songs Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 21 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 3, transcribed for flute and piano

This Allegro is the opening movement of the third of 5 Divertimentos for three basset horns composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1783 to 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. 6.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 22 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Chaconne by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 2 for two flutes

This chaconne is the closing movement of the second 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 ChaconnesDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 23 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Boehm

 from “24 Caprice-Etudes for Flute”

This “Vivo” (“lively”) etude in E is the twenty-fourth and final piece from a collection of 24 “Caprice-Études” for flute by Theobald Boehm, the German inventor who perfected the modern Western concert flute. These studies originally served as a proof of the playability of Boehm's improved instrument in all 24 keys, but they are also very useful technical exercises.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 24 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Pas cadencé

 Traditional French march

“La pas cadencé” is possibly the most famous French fife tune. It was probably composed during the Napoleonic era, in the early 19th century. The French expression “pas cadencé” designates the ordered and synchronized walking of military formations.

Thanks to Freddie for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Marches Military music Piccolo tunesDifficulty: easy
Sunday 25 September 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 second movement, is one of the few of his instrumental works to be still played today.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 26 September 2016

Tune of the Day: The Coburg Waltz

 Traditional tune, arranged for two flutes

This waltz for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. Coburg is a town in the German region of Bavaria.

Categories: Traditional/Folk WaltzesDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Drouet

 from “72 Studies for the Boehm Flute”

This flamboyant study in trills is the seventy-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
Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tune of the Day: The Basket of Oysters

 Traditional Irish jig

This 4-part jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922); O'Neill copied it from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, published circa 1808.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 29 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Preludio by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in D minor, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This Vivace is the opening movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 7 in D minor, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5. As conductor Andrew Manze put it, this is “arguably the finest and most influential set of violin sonatas ever assembled. All other baroque sonatas can be defined as being pre- or post-Corelli'”.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 30 September 2016

Tune of the Day: Gracieusement by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 3 for two flutes

This “gracious” piece constitutes the opening 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: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate