Thursday 1 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Study in G-sharp minor by Dôthel

 from “Studi per il flauto”

This short étude in G-sharp minor is the twentieth piece from Studi per il flauto in tutti j tuoni e modi (“Flute studies in all keys and modes”) by the 18th-century French-Italian flutist and composer Niccolò Dôthel (a.k.a. Nicolas D'Hotel).

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 2 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys

 American Revolutionary War song

The “Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys”, also known as “The Green Mountaineer”, is a folk ballad in honor of the Green Mountain Boys, Vermont's homegrown revolutionary army during the American War of Independence. The origins of the tune are unknown, but the lyrics come from “The Song of the Vermonters, 1779”, a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier that was first published in 1838.

Thanks to Ralph for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Ballads Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 3 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Freisinn

 by Schumann, transcribed for flute and piano

Published in 1840, Robert Schumann's song cycle Myrthen, Op. 25, is dedicated to the composer's wife, Clara. The 26 songs included were presented to her on the occasion of their wedding. Myrthen, or myrtles, are European evergreen shrubs with white or rosy flowers that are often used to make bridal wreaths.

The second piece of the cycle, “Freisinn” (“Free Spirit”), sets to music a poem by Goethe.

Just let me show what I can do in the saddle!
You can stay in your huts and your tents!
And I ride joyously into the boundless distance,
with only the stars above my cap.

Categories: Lieder RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 4 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Preludio by Corelli

 from Trio Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for two flutes

Today we propose the opening movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 5 in B-flat major, published in 1685. Like the other Op. 2 sonatas, this is a sonata da camera (“chamber sonata”), and expresses the Italian style of the period. Composed for two melodic instruments (e.g. two violins, or two flutes) and basso continuo, it was intended not only for professional musicians, but also for the private enjoyment of refined amateurs.

Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 5 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Köhler

 from “22 Studies in Expression and Facility”

This is the fifteenth piece from 22 Studies in Expression and Facility, Op. 89 by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler. This collection was originally published in 1904 with the German title 22 Vortrags- und Geläufigkeits Etuden für Flöte.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Tuesday 6 February 2018

Tune of the Day: O Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

 Traditional English nursery rhyme

This popular nursery rhyme, also known as “Johnny's So Long at the Fair”, can be traced back as far as the 1770s in England, when it was published as part of the Mansfield manuscript, a collection of Scots songs.

O Dear! What can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the Fair.
He promised he'd bring me a basket of posies,
A garland of lilies, a garland of roses,
A little straw hat to set off the blue ribbons
That tie up my bonny brown hair.

Categories: Nursery rhymes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 7 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Le Henry IV

 from “Amusement de Bellone”

This rondeau is the second movement of Amusement de Bellone, a suite for solo instrument (“musette, vielle, flute and oboe” according to the original edition) and continuo by the French Baroque composer Nicolas Chédeville.

Categories: Baroque RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 8 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Farewell to my Harp

 arranged for two flutes

This melody was originally written by London-born composer and singer Charles Edward Horn. It was published in an arrangement for voice and piano in 1825, with the caption “a ballad sung with rapturous applause by Miss George, in the opera of John of Paris”.

Farewell to my harp for its numbers are o'ver,
Well a day! Well a day! Well a day!
Its chords shall resound to my fingers no more;
And hush'd is the song that my soul loved to pour.

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

Categories: Ballads RomanticDifficulty: easy
Friday 9 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Dôthel

 from “Studi per il flauto”

This study in A major is the twenty-first piece from Studi per il flauto in tutti j tuoni e modi (“Flute studies in all keys and modes”) by French-Italian flutist and composer Niccolò Dôthel (a.k.a. Nicolas D'Hotel).

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 10 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Miss Bain's Fancy

 Traditional Scottish tune

The earliest appearance of this tune is in the fifth volume of James Aird's A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in Glasgow in 1801. The tune was there printed as a strathspey, while in more recent Irish publications the dotted rhythms have been excised and the tune is proposed as a reel.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Strathspeys Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 11 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Ich grolle nicht

 by Schumann, transcribed for flute and piano

This Lied is taken from Dichterliebe (“A Poet's Love”), the best-known song cycle by Robert Schumann. Composed in 1840, it sets to music 16 short poems by the famous German poet Heinrich Heine.

I bear no grudge, though my heart breaks.
Love lost forever, I bear no grudge.
Though you shine in diamond splendor,
no ray falls into the night of your heart,
I have long known it.
I truly saw you in my dreams
And saw the night in your heart,
And saw the snake that devours your heart.
I saw, my love, how very miserable you are.

Categories: Lieder RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 12 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Corelli

 from Trio Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for two flutes

This is the second movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 5 in B-flat major, published in 1685. Like the other Op. 2 sonatas, this is a sonata da camera (“chamber sonata”) for two melodic instruments (e.g. two violins, or two flutes) and basso continuo. It was intended not only for professional musicians, but also for the private enjoyment of refined amateurs.

Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!

Categories: Allemandes Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 13 February 2018

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

 from “22 Studies in Expression and Facility”

This is the sixteenth piece from 22 Studies in Expression and Facility, Op. 89 by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler. This collection was originally published in 1904 with the German title 22 Vortrags- und Geläufigkeits Etuden für Flöte.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Wednesday 14 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Barney Brallaghan

 Traditional Irish slip jig

According to Alfred Moffat (Minstrelsy of Ireland, 1897), this air was composed by English organist Jonathan Blewitt, who, at the time of its composition, between 1811–14, was musical director of the Theatre Royal, Dublin. It was most likely first produced as a jig for stage dancing, and was later set to the words “Barney Brallaghan's Courtship” by Thomas Hudson.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 15 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by Chédeville

 from “Amusement de Bellone”

This rondeau is the third movement of Amusement de Bellone, a suite for solo instrument (“musette, vielle, flute and oboe” according to the original edition) and continuo by the French Baroque composer Nicolas Chédeville.

Categories: Baroque RondosDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 16 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Waltz by Mercadante

 from “Elisa e Claudio”, arranged for two flutes

Today we propose an arrangement for two flutes of a waltz from Saverio Mercadante's 1821 opera Elisa e Claudio (a.k.a. Eliza and Claudio, or Love Protected by Friendship). This arrangement appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Opera excerpts WaltzesDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 17 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Dôthel

 from “Studi per il flauto”

This study in A minor is the twenty-second piece from Studi per il flauto in tutti j tuoni e modi (“Flute studies in all keys and modes”) by French-Italian flutist and composer Niccolò Dôthel (a.k.a. Nicolas D'Hotel).

Categories: Classical Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 18 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Miss Brown's Favorite

 Traditional Scottish reel

The earliest appearance of this reel was in the 5th volume of James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in Glasgow in 1797.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 19 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Alpiglen

 by Peter Pope, for flute and guitar

This delightful short piece for flute and guitar was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, guitarist Peter Pope.

“Alpiglen” is a short evocation of those moments walking in the Jungfrau Region (Switzerland), when after an arduous (but rewarding) uphill trek, a spectacular view of the Alps opens up at the top of a ridge or around a bend.

Many thanks for sharing your music with us, Peter!

Categories: ContemporaryDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Corelli

 from Trio Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for two flutes

This is the third movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 5 in B-flat major, published in 1685. Like the other Op. 2 sonatas, this is a sonata da camera (“chamber sonata”) for two melodic instruments (e.g. two violins, or two flutes) and basso continuo. It was intended not only for professional musicians, but also for the private enjoyment of refined amateurs.

Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sarabandes SonatasDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 21 February 2018

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

 from “22 Studies in Expression and Facility”

This unusually lively Andante is the seventeenth piece from 22 Studies in Expression and Facility, Op. 89 by Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler. This collection was originally published in 1904 with the German title 22 Vortrags- und Geläufigkeits Etuden für Flöte.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 22 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Merrily Danced the Quaker

 Traditional Scottish jig

The earliest known appearance of this melody in print is in Rutherford's Choice Collection of Sixty of the Most Celebrated Country Dances, which was published in London in 1750. However, the tune is probably much older; some sources even trace it back to 14th-century plain chant. Other sources think that “Merrily Danced” was either derived from “The Mill Oh”, or that both tunes share a common origin.

The melody was well-known in America at the time of the War for Independence, where it was employed as both a quick march and dance tune.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 23 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Le Dolgelsheim

 from “Amusement de Bellone”

This piece is the fourth movement of Amusement de Bellone, a suite for solo instrument (“musette, vielle, flute and oboe” according to the original edition) and continuo by the French Baroque composer Nicolas Chédeville.

We could not find any reputable information on the meaning of the title. However: there is a small town in Germany called Dolgesheim, and it is located right next to another small town called Weinolsheim. Since the next movement in Amusement de Bellone is titled “Le Weynolsheim”, we're inclined to think that this is more than just a coincidence.

Categories: BaroqueDifficulty: easy
Saturday 24 February 2018

Tune of the Day: John Sobieski's Quick Step

 Traditional tune, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.

The title probably refers to Jan III Sobieski, who was king of Poland from 1674 until his death in 1696. Sobieski was an able military commander, most famous for his victory over the Turks at the 1683 Battle of Vienna. Very popular among his subjects, he briefly restored the kingdom of Poland-Lithuania to greatness for the last time.

Categories: Quickstep Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 25 February 2018

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

 from “Studi per il flauto”

This minuet in A-flat major is the twenty-third piece from Studi per il flauto in tutti j tuoni e modi (“Flute studies in all keys and modes”) by French-Italian flutist and composer Niccolò Dôthel (a.k.a. Nicolas D'Hotel).

Categories: Classical Etudes Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 26 February 2018

Tune of the Day: A Ha'penny for a Cotton Ball

 Traditional Irish reel

This reel was collected by Chicago Police captain Francis O'Neill around the turn of the 20th Century, and published in his 1903 collection Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 27 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Alice, Where Art Thou?

 by J. Ascher, arranged for flute and piano

Joseph Ascher was a Dutch-Jewish composer and pianist who was active in London and Paris for most of his life. He composed mainly piano pieces, but it was the song “Alice, Where Art Thou?”, published in 1868, that became his most popular composition.

Categories: Love songs RomanticDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 28 February 2018

Tune of the Day: Tempo di Gavotta by Corelli

 from Trio Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for two flutes

This is the fourth and final movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata No. 5 in B-flat major, published in 1685. Like the other Op. 2 sonatas, this is a sonata da camera (“chamber sonata”) for two melodic instruments (e.g. two violins, or two flutes) and basso continuo. It was intended not only for professional musicians, but also for the private enjoyment of refined amateurs.

Thanks to Mario for contributing this piece!

Categories: Baroque Gavottes SonatasDifficulty: intermediate