Sunday 1 January 2017

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

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

Today's piece is the fourteenth 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
Monday 2 January 2017

Tune of the Day: The Belles of Liscarroll

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection The Dance Music of Ireland, published in 1907.

The first part of the tune is in C major, while the second and third parts are in D, and are sometimes played in Dorian mode rather than in major (this is easily accomplished by ignoring the two sharps in the key signature).

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 3 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 2, transcribed for flute and piano

This Allegro is the opening movement of the second 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. 2.

Categories: ClassicalDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 4 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Fanfare by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

This fanfare is the fourth 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: Baroque FanfaresDifficulty: easy
Thursday 5 January 2017

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The jumpy Andante in A-flat major we present today is the seventeenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 6 January 2017

Tune of the Day: The Rakes of Kildare

 Traditional Irish jig

This old Irish tune goes by various names: “The Old Barndoor”, “The Galbally Farmer”, “Let us leave that as it is”, and others.

The word ‘Rakes’ stems from the Old Icelandic word reikall, meaning “wandering” or “unsettled”. However, in 18th and 19th century usage the term ‘rake’ was used to denote unruly and spirited young gentlemen. Kildare is a County in the Mid-East of Ireland.

The tune appears in many collections of Irish music, but its earliest appearance in print is in the first volume of R.M. Levey's The Dance Music of Ireland (1858), where it is called only “A jig”. Irish music collector Francis O’Neill, however, believes the tune to be much older, and claims it descends from an ancient march melody called “Get Up Early”.

American versions of this tune have been collected in New England and Michigan. In England, it is sometimes used as a tune for Morris dancing.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 7 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Moderato from Il Pastor Fido

 Attributed to Antonio Vivaldi

This 3/8-time Moderato is the opening movement of Sonata No. 1 in C major from the collection of six sonatas titled Il pastor fido (“The Faithful Shepherd”).

This collection has always been attributed to Antonio Vivaldi until recently. According to modern scholars, however, in 1737 French composer Nicolas Chédeville made a secret agreement with Jean-Noël Marchand to publish a collection of his own compositions as Antonio Vivaldi's Il pastor fido. Chédeville supplied the money and received the profits, all of which was attested to in a notarial act by Marchand in 1749. This may have been an attempt to give his instrument, the musette (a sort of bagpipe), the endorsement of a great composer which it lacked.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Claudine Lived Contented

 Song by William Shield, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. “Claudine Lived Contented” was originally a song with music by English composer and violinist William Shield, which he apparently composed for Thomas Dibdin's 1807 comic opera Two Faces Under a Hood.

Categories: Arias Opera excerptsDifficulty: easy
Monday 9 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in E 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
Tuesday 10 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Katie's Fancy

 Traditional Irish jig

This double jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's The Dance Music of Ireland: 1850 Gems, published in 1903. O'Neill said he acquired this tune from a Mr. Gillan, a retired businessman living in Chicago. It seems that Gillan was visiting his boyhood home in Ireland when he heard of a celebrated fiddler nearby, a Mr. Peter Kennedy. Gillan obtained the tune from Kennedy, but when he returned to Chicago he kept it closely guarded, only allowing it to be played on special occasions for particular friends. Knowing of the existence of the tune, O'Neill contrived with Gillan's daughter, who agreed to help him obtain it, and while O'Neill engaged Gillan in conversation, the daughter slipped upstairs and copied the melody, which she later gave to O'Neill. O'Neill made sure the tune was distributed to the Chicago Irish musical community, where it became quite popular.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 11 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Gavotta by Leclair

 from Flute Sonata in C major

This Gavotte en Rondeau is the third 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.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 12 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

This Sarabande is the fifth 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 SarabandesDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in F minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The “Andante sostenuto” in F minor we present today is the eighteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 14 January 2017

Tune of the Day: There's Nae Luck

 Traditional Scottish song

This Scottish fling is taken from Harding's All Round Collection, published in 1905. The tune is well known in the North of England, and many musicians have composed variation sets to it. The song was written by poet William Mickle around 1769, and first published in 1776 under the title “The Mariner's Wife”.

For there's nae luck about the house,
There's nae luck ava;
There's little pleasure in the house,
When our gudeman's awa.

(The word gudeman is Scots for ‛husband’.)

Categories: Celtic Music Flings Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 15 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Yunta Brava

 Tango criollo by Angel Villoldo

Here is a new tango arrangement for flute and guitar. This “Creole tango” was composed by the famous Argentinian singer and composer Ángel Villoldo, often nicknamed “the father of tango”.

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 16 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Je pars demain

 by Ferdinand Hérold, arranged for flute duet

The romance “Je pars demain” (“I'm leaving tomorrow”) is sung by Adolphe in Act I of the 1826 opera comique Marie by French composer Ferdinand Hérold.

The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833, in which it appears simply as “Marie”.

Categories: Arias Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 17 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in C-sharp minor

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

Today's piece is the sixteenth 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
Wednesday 18 January 2017

Tune of the Day: O'Connor's Frolics

 Traditional Irish jig

This traditional Irish jig appears in Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. The tune comes from the manuscripts in the possession of Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, originally from County Down, Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 19 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Grave by Telemann

 from Partita No. 4, arranged for flute and keyboard

This is the opening movement of Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita No. 4 in G minor, 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.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 20 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Menuets by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 4 for two flutes

This pair of minuets constitutes the closing 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: Baroque MinuetsDifficulty: easy
Saturday 21 January 2017

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The study in E-flat major we present today is the nineteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30. It carries the character indication “Con anima”, which in Italian literally means “with soul”.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 22 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Ballinasloe

 Traditional Irish reel

This lively Irish reel in B-flat major is taken from Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. Ballinasloe is one of the largest towns in County Galway, Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 23 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Menuetto by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 2, transcribed for flute and piano

This minuet is the second movement of the second 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 minuet from Sonatina No. 1 in C major.

Categories: Classical MinuetsDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Tune of the Day: New York Serenading Waltz

 by Charles Gilfert, arranged for two flutes

This waltz was originally written for solo piano by New York-born composer Charles Gilfert (1787–1829). The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: WaltzesDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 25 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This study in triplets 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 26 January 2017

Tune of the Day: The Lasses of Limerick

 Traditional Irish jig

This old Irish jig is taken from the circa-1806 tune collection O'Farrell's Pocket Companion. It has also been published under the titles “Huggerth the Puss” and “Watch! Watch! Forward! Forward!”, and is probably related to the jig “The Gold Ring”.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 27 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Allegro from Il Pastor Fido

 Attributed to Antonio Vivaldi

This gavotte-like Allegro is the second movement of Sonata No. 1 in C major from the collection of six sonatas titled Il pastor fido (“The Faithful Shepherd”).

This collection has always been attributed to Antonio Vivaldi until recently. According to modern scholars, however, in 1737 French composer Nicolas Chédeville made a secret agreement with Jean-Noël Marchand to publish a collection of his own compositions as Antonio Vivaldi's Il pastor fido. Chédeville supplied the money and received the profits, all of which was attested to in a notarial act by Marchand in 1749. This may have been an attempt to give his instrument, the musette (a sort of bagpipe), the endorsement of a great composer which it lacked.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 28 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Gracieusement by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 5 for two flutes

This “gracious” piece constitutes the opening movement of the fifth 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
Sunday 29 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

The Adagio in C minor we present today, a study in acciaccaturas, is the eighteenth piece from Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen's Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 30.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 30 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Bugler's Dance

 Traditional American jig

This military-influenced dance tune 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
Tuesday 31 January 2017

Tune of the Day: Giga by Leclair

 from Flute Sonata in C major

This gigue is the fourth and final 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.

Categories: Baroque Jigs SonatasDifficulty: intermediate