Sunday 1 December 2019

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

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This is the tenth 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
Monday 2 December 2019

Tune of the Day: McNally's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish tune

This hornpipe is taken from Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. In the collection, O'Neill cites himself as the source for this melody.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 3 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 3 in G major

This Allegro is the fourth and final movement of the third 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 4 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Les Ramages by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This is the tenth movement of the fifth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. The French title of the piece, les Ramages, could be translated as “Birdsongs”. In fact, the composer explicitly tried to emulate the singing of different species of birds: le rossignol (the nightingale), le serain de Canarie (the canary), les poules (the hens), le perroquet (the parrot), le merle (the blackbird), le coucou (the cuckoo), and le coq d'Inde (the turkey).

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 5 December 2019

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the fourteenth 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: advanced
Friday 6 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Lucy Campbell's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish tune

This tune is taken from the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland, notated by his student.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 7 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in G minor

This Allegro is the second movement of the sixth of 12 sonatas for flute and continuo by Italian composer Pietro Antonio Locatelli, published in Amsterdam in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 December 2019

Tune of the Day: I'll Tell Nobody

 Traditional folk ballad

This flute duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. It appears to be based on a folk ballad of the same title.

Oh, I am in love, but I won't tell with who,
For I know very well what the fair one would do,
They'd chatter and flatter, and make themselves fine,
So poor little some one would have a sad time.

So I'll tell nobody, I'll tell nobody,
Nobody, nobody, nobody, no!

Categories: BalladsDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 9 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Prill

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This is the eleventh 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 10 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Egan's Hornpipe

 Traditional Irish hornpipe

This tune comes from the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland, notated by his student.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Monologue III by Paul Merkus

 for solo flute

Today's piece is a new contribution from our guest composer, Paul Merkus. It is an extension of Op. 48, which also includes the first “Monologue I” and second “Monologue II” for flute solo.

This third “Monologue III” is of a more static nature (as indicated by the “Andante solenne”) than its two predecessors. It consists of three parts, starting with a low theme that gradually builds up to become more vigorous, followed by a milder middle section with richer figures. In the reprise, the theme leads to more richness, and an even higher climax is reached (as a sort of encore), followed by a deep dip. Finally, a short epilogue brings the flute back up to its high register.

Categories: Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 12 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Fugue by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This fugue for two flutes is the eleventh and final movement of the fifth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair.

Categories: Baroque Fugues Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 December 2019

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the fifteenth 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
Saturday 14 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Mrs. Wilson's Hornpipe

 Traditional English hornpipe

This hornpipe appears in A Companion to the Ball Room by English dancing master Thomas Wilson, published in London in 1816. The tune is presumably named after Wilson's spouse.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 15 December 2019

Tune of the Day: Largo by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

This is the opening movement of the fourth 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