Tuesday 1 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Christ Church Bells

 arranged for three flutes

This well known catch was written over three centuries ago by English theologian, philosopher and composer Henry Aldrich (1647–1710). In this catch, the three voices sing the same melody at different times, all starting together. When the end of one voice is reached, the singer or player goes on to the next voice, or back to the first voice if the end of the last voice has been reached.

Founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, Christ Church is one of the larger colleges of the University of Oxford. Aldrich served there first as Dean and then as Vice-Chancellor, and when he died he was buried in Christ Church Cathedral without any memorial, at his own request.

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

Categories: CanonsDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 2 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the fourth study from Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 21, by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. First published in 1886, the original edition remarks that this particular study is based on a Swedish folk song.

Categories: Etudes Traditional/Folk Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 3 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Tamony's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish hornpipe

This tune was collected by Chicago police captain Francis O'Neill, who included it in his collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill's source was a fiddler named Joe Timoney (or Tamony), known in County Donegal as Joe Phaedar Sheain O Tiomanai; he emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, and arrived in San Francisco just after the great earthquake of 1906. O'Neill calls “Tamony's Hornpipe” a variant of “Smith's Hornpipe”.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 4 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Ravello

 by Peter Pope, for flute and guitar

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

The piece is named after Ravello, an Italian town situated just above the famous Amalfi coast. It is a charming location with two wonderful historic villas, sunshine and a festive atmosphere.

Many thanks for sharing your music with us, Peter!

Categories: Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 5 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Musette by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This musette is the third movement of the fifth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Here the French word concert is a synonym of “suite”, and has nothing to do with the Italian concerto.

Categories: Baroque Musettes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 6 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Prill

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This is a variant of the third study from 30 Etüden in allen Tonarten für Flöte (“30 Studies in All Keys for Flute”), Op. 6, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1894.

This study focuses on regular staccato 16th notes, whereas the first version (study 3a) uses grace notes (acciaccaturas).

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 7 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Captain Corbett's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish hornpipe

This hornpipe is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. The tune was supplied by Francis E. Walsh, a correspondent of O'Neill's from San Francisco. It appears to be a variant of Captain John's Hornpipe, which dates back to at least the mid 1800s.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 8 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Presto by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 2 in B minor

This is the second movement of the second sonata from Six Sonates pour la Flûte traversière avec la Basse, Op. 44 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1733.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 9 October 2019

Tune of the Day: The White Lady

 arranged for three flutes

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

The White Lady (La dame blanche) is an opéra comique in three acts by French composer François-Adrien Boieldieu. It was first performed in 1825.

Categories: Classical Opera excerptsDifficulty: easy
Thursday 10 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the fourth study from Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 21, by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. It was first published in 1886.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 11 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Pat. Healy's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish hornpipe

This hornpipe is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. O’Neill’s source was John Kelly, “a fiddler of phenomenal execution” originally from County Roscommon, Ireland.

Categories: Celtic Music Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 12 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Largo by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This is the third movement of the fourth of 12 sonatas for flute and continuo that Italian composer Pietro Antonio Locatelli published in Amsterdam in 1732.

Thanks to Maria for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 13 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Gavotte by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This gavotte “in the French style” is the fourth movement of the fifth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Here the French word concert is a synonym of “suite”, and has nothing to do with the Italian concerto.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 14 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Prill

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This is the fourth piece from 30 Etüden in allen Tonarten für Flöte (“30 Studies in All Keys for Flute”), Op. 6, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1894.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 15 October 2019

Tune of the Day: The Little Heathy Hill

 Traditional Irish tune

In his collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), Francis O'Neill remarks:

In the days of our fathers, “An Chnoicin Fraoich”, or “Little Heathy Hill”, both as song and air enjoyed no little popularity in the province of Munster, particularly in the counties of Cork and Kerry. As an air several settings of the melody have been printed, but never as a hornpipe until now, and under its colloquial name among the peasantry. It will be remembered that many notable dance tunes, especially hornpipes and long dances, have been derived from song airs, such as “The Blackbird”, “The Job of Journeywork”, “The Garden of Daisies”, “Rodney's Glory”, and many others.

Categories: Dance tunes Hornpipes Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 16 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Aria by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 2 in B minor

This is the third movement of the second sonata from Six Sonates pour la Flûte traversière avec la Basse, Op. 44 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1733.

Categories: Baroque Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 17 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Little Fugue in G minor

 arranged for four flutes

Today we propose an arrangement for four flutes of one of Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous pieces, the Little Fugue in G minor, BWV 578.

We have previously published an arrangement for two flutes of the Little Fugue, which you can find here.

Categories: Baroque FuguesDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 18 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in B minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the sixth study from Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 21, by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. It was first published in 1886.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 19 October 2019

Tune of the Day: Stack's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish tune

This hornpipe is taken from O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. The source for the tune was Patrick Stack, a Chicago fiddler originally from County Kerry, Ireland.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate