Saturday 1 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Allegro from Il Pastor Fido

 Attributed to Antonio Vivaldi

This Allegro is the fourth 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 2 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Menuets by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 6 for two flutes

This pair of minuets constitutes the fourth movement of the last 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
Monday 3 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Caprice in G major by Andersen

 from “26 Little Caprices”

This study in triplets is the third piece from a collection of 26 Little Caprices for flute (XXVI kleine Capricen für die Flöte) by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, published in 1890.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 4 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Light and Airy

 Traditional Irish/Scottish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill remarks that “Light and Airy” first appeared in A Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys, etc., published by Robert Ross at Edinburgh in 1780.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 5 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Menuets by Handel

 from “Water Music”, arranged for flute and piano

These two lovely minuets are part of Suite No. 3 in G major from George Frideric Handel's Water Music. While the first of the two minuets was originally scored for a small string ensemble (two violins playing in unison, a viola and continuo), the second minuet also called for a piccolo (or possibly a recorder in G) to play in unison with the violins.

Thanks to Philip for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque MinuetsDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 6 April 2017

Tune of the Day: I'd be a Butterfly

 arranged for two flutes

This romantic ballad was composed by English poet, dramatist and songwriter Thomas Haynes Bayly.

I'd be a Butterfly born in a bow'er,
Where Roses and lilies and violets meet;
Roving forever from flower to flower,
And kissing all buds that are pretty and sweet.

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

Categories: Ballads RomanticDifficulty: easy
Friday 7 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This exercise in double tonguing is the fortieth 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: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 8 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Larry Grogan

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is in Daniel Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 2, published in London in 1742. The air was subsequently employed in several ballad operas, starting with Jack the Gyant Queller (1749), Kane O'Hara's Midas (1764), and Arne's Love in a Village (1795). The popular melody can be found in a number of musicians' copybooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lawrence Grogan of Johnstown Castle (County Wexford, Ireland) was a famous 18th-century “gentleman piper” and composer. He was the first performer on the The Irish Uillean (or Union) Bagpipe of whom there is historical record.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 9 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This is the opening movement of a sonata in B minor for flute and keyboard that is thought to have been composed by George Frideric Handel. First published in 1730, the sonata is referred to as Halle Sonata No. 3 (“Hallenser Sonate Nr. 3” in German). Its authenticity is uncertain; in fact, of the three “Halle” sonatas, it is the best candidate for not having been composed by Handel, although if it wasn't, it is an extremely good imitation of his style.

Thanks to Cesar from Brazil for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 10 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Chaconne Polonoise by Naudot

 from Babiole No. 6 for two flutes

This grand chaconne constitutes the closing movement of the last 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 ChaconnesDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 11 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Caprice in E minor by Andersen

 from “26 Little Caprices”

This staccato etude is the fourth piece from a collection of 26 Little Caprices for flute (XXVI kleine Capricen für die Flöte) by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, published in 1890.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 12 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Hinchy's Fancy

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. It is named after Tom Hinchy, a blind fiddler from East Clare, Ireland. O'Neill considers this tune to be “a better setting” of “Hinchy's Delight”, a similar piece which had previously appeared in his 1903 collection Music of Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 13 April 2017

Tune of the Day: El Farrista

 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”. The Spanish title “El farrista” roughly translates to “The Party-loving” in English.

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 14 April 2017

Tune of the Day: The Sailor's Tear

 arranged for two flutes

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The melody was composed by Sidney Waller, who also authored the tunes to “Love From the Heart” and “My Heart's True Blue”.

He leap'd into his boat, As it lay upon the strand; But oh, his heart was far away, With his friends upon the land; He thought of those he lov'd the best, A wife and infant dear, And feeling filled the sailor's breast, The sailor's eye a tear.

Categories: Love songsDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 15 April 2017

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

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This exercise in double tonguing is the forty-first 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: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 16 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Taymouth House

 Traditional Scottish reel

This reel in the key of A Mixolydian is taken from Alexander McGlashan's A Collection of Reels, published in 1786. More recently, it has appeared in Harding's All-Round Collection with the title “Faymouth House” (probably a misprint).

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 17 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Tempo di Minuetto by Telemann

 from Partita No. 4, arranged for flute and keyboard

This minuet-like piece is the fourth movement and third “aria” 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: Baroque MinuetsDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 18 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Affettuoso by Schultze

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

Today's piece is the opening movement of a Sonata in G major for two flutes or recorders by a German composer named Johann Christoph Schultze. This is not to be confused with the apparently unrelated composer of the same name who was born in 1733, as this sonata was first published in Hamburg in 1729.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 19 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Caprice in D major by Andersen

 from “26 Little Caprices”

This playful Moderato in D major is the fifth piece from a collection of 26 Little Caprices for flute (XXVI kleine Capricen für die Flöte) by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, published in 1890.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 20 April 2017

Tune of the Day: The Last of the Lot

 Traditional Irish jig

This Dorian-mode jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. The tune shares similarities with “The Fairhaired Boy”, from which it probably descended.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 21 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Rondo by Mozart

 from Divertimento No. 2, transcribed for flute and piano

This Rondo is the final 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 Rondo (Allegro) from Sonatina No. 2 in A major.

Categories: Classical RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 22 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Come, and Beneath the Linden Shade

 by Gaetano Donizetti, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. The melody is attributed to the famoust Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti.

Categories: RomanticDifficulty: easy
Sunday 23 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Drouet

 from “Méthode pour la flûte”

This exercise in double tonguing is the forty-second 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: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 24 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Gordon's Reel

 Traditional Scottish reel

The only known appearance of this Scottish reel in print is in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905. We transposed the melody from C major to D major to better fit the range of the flute.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 25 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Preludio by Chédeville

 from “Il pastor fido” Sonata No. 3

This is the prelude to the third of the Il pastor fido sonatas, first published in 1737 and traditionally attributed to Antonio Vivaldi. The actual composer, Nicolas Chédeville, made a secret agreement with Jean-Noël Marchand to publish a collection of his own compositions as Vivaldi's Op. 13. Chédeville supplied the money and received the profits, all of which was recorded in a notarial act. This may have been an attempt to give his instrument, the musette, the endorsement of a great composer which it lacked.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Schultze

 from Sonata for two flutes in G major

This Allegro is the second movement of a Sonata in G major for two flutes or recorders by a German composer named Johann Christoph Schultze. This is not to be confused with the apparently unrelated composer of the same name who was born in 1733, as this sonata was first published in Hamburg in 1729.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 27 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Caprice in B minor by Andersen

 from “26 Little Caprices”

This little etude is the sixth piece from a collection of 26 Little Caprices for flute (XXVI kleine Capricen für die Flöte) by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, published in 1890.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 28 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Apples In Winter

 Traditional Irish jig

An early setting of this tune appears with the title “Kennedy's Jig” in Joyce's Ancient Irish Music, published in Dublin in 1890. Though different, this Dorian-mode melody shares some similarities with Jackson's Stranger, which is sometimes also referred to as “Apples In Winter”.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 29 April 2017

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Handel

 from Flute Sonata in B minor

This Allegro is the second movement of a sonata in B minor for flute and keyboard that is thought to have been composed by George Frideric Handel. First published in 1730, the sonata is referred to as Halle Sonata No. 3 (“Hallenser Sonate Nr. 3” in German). Its authenticity is uncertain; in fact, of the three “Halle” sonatas, it is the best candidate for not having been composed by Handel, although if it wasn't, it is an extremely good imitation of his style.

Thanks to Cesar for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 30 April 2017

Tune of the Day: The Hunters' Chorus

 by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged for three flutes

This “Huntsmen's Chorus” is sung in Act 3 of the 1821 opera Der Freischütz (usually translated The Marksman or The Freeshooter) by German Romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber. It is often performed as a standalone concert piece, and is relatively well known; additionally, its popularity recently received a boost from being included in Book 2 of the Suzuki Method for the Violin.

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

Categories: Choruses Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate