Saturday 1 June 2019

Tune of the Day: The Wallace Twins

 Traditional Irish reel

Today's 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: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 2 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 4 in B minor

This Adagio is the third movement of the fourth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 3 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Two Menuets by Montéclair

 for two flutes

These two minuets constitute the eighth movement of the second 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 Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 4 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp major by Prill

 from “24 Technical Studies”

This Moderato is the thirteenth piece from 24 Technische Studien für Flöte (24 Technical Studies), Op. 11, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1911.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 5 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Mickey Rattley's Fancy

 Traditional Irish reel

This reel is taken from the 1922 collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody by Francis O'Neill, who cites as a source for the tune the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind Irish fiddler, notated by his student.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 6 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Minuetto in B-flat major by Quantz

 for solo flute

This minuet is one of 24 pieces attributed to the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz to have survived in a manuscript titled Fantasier og Preludier. 8. Capricier og andre Stykker til Øvelse for Flöÿten af Quanz (“Fantasies and Preludes. 8 Caprices and other Pieces for Exercise for the Flute by Quantz”). This manuscript has been kept in the Giedde Collection (named after its founder, Danish composer W.H.R.R. Giedde) in the Royal Library of Copenhagen, which hosts a fairly comprehensive collection of flute music from the second half of the 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 7 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Steam Boat Quick Step

 arranged for two flutes

Also known as “Uncle Jim” in Ontario, this tune is a staple of fiddling in that region. It was picked up by American contra dancers, and became associated with the dance Steamboat Quickstep, acquiring the name of the dance. The tune is however quite a bit older, and may have a Scottish or English provenance. North Yorkshire musician and miller Joshua Jackson entered it into his 1798 music manuscript collection under the title “The Minion”.

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

Categories: Marches Quickstep Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 8 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in C-sharp major by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

Today we propose the fifteenth piece from Exercices journaliers pour la flûte (or Tägliche Studien in German, i.e. “Daily Exercises”) by Austro-Hungarian composer Adolf Terschak. It was first published in 1867.

The author notes that this study should be played twice: first staccato with single tonguing, and then legato.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Sunday 9 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Limerick Lasses

 Traditional Irish reel

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is in the first volume of Irish violinist R.M. Levey's Dance Music of Ireland (1858), where it is set as a polka, in 2/4 time. It has also appeared under a few other names, including “Limerick Lads” and “The Pretty Little Boy”.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 10 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Giga by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 4 in B minor

This giga is the fourth and final movement of the fourth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 11 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Tempo di Minuetto by Mercadante

 from “Fantasia per Flauto Solo”

This is the third movement from a Fantasia per Flauto Solo con accompagnamento di secondo Flauto o Violino (“Fantasia for solo flute with accompaniment for a second flute or violin”) by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante, first published around 1818.

Many thanks to Lutz Kutscher for contributing this piece!

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 12 June 2019

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

 from “24 Technical Studies”

This is the fourteenth piece from 24 Technische Studien für Flöte (24 Technical Studies), Op. 11, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1911.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 13 June 2019

Tune of the Day: The Reel of Bogie

 Traditional Irish reel

The earliest known reference to this reel is in William Vickers's 1770 Northumbrian dance tune manuscript, but unfortunately the tune was recorded on one of the 31 pages that have not survived to the present day. Fiddler Brian Conway notes how the tune is sometimes known as “The Tramps”, while Michael Coleman called it “Maun's Fancy” on an unreleased side from his last recording session in 1944.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 14 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Praeludium in D major by Quantz

 for solo flute

This Praeludium in D major is one of 24 pieces attributed to the famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz to have survived in a manuscript titled Fantasier og Preludier. 8. Capricier og andre Stykker til Øvelse for Flöÿten af Quanz (“Fantasies and Preludes. 8 Caprices and other Pieces for Exercise for the Flute by Quantz”). This manuscript has been kept in the Giedde Collection (named after its founder, Danish composer W.H.R.R. Giedde) in the Royal Library of Copenhagen, which hosts a fairly comprehensive collection of flute music from the second half of the 18th century.

Categories: Baroque Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 15 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Air dans le goût ancien by Monteclair

 for two flutes

This “old-style air” is the ninth movement of the second 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 Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 16 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in A-sharp minor by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

Today we propose the sixteenth piece from Exercices journaliers pour la flûte (or Tägliche Studien in German, i.e. “Daily Exercises”) by Austro-Hungarian composer Adolf Terschak. It was first published in 1867.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Monday 17 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Cuttie Sark

 Traditional Scottish reel

This Scottish reel is attributed to John Cumming by Keith Norman MacDonald in his Skye Collection (1887). Irish collector Francis O'Neill (1922) remarks: “Though plainly of Scotch origin both in name and tone, ‛Cuttie Sark’ is not to be found in any of the old Scotch or Miscellaneous Collections which have been examined. Translated in English, ‛Cutty Sark’ means Short Shirt, or Chemise”.

The Cutty Sark is also the name of one of the most famous “tea clippers” (a type of sleek, fast 19th-century sailing ship, officially designated a “composite built extreme clipper ship”) built, and it is the only ship of its type to survive to the present day.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 18 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Largo by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 5 in A major

This is the opening movement of the fifth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 19 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Wilt Thou Meet Me There Love

 arranged for two flutes

This song was composed during the first half of the 19th century by a B. Hime, about whom very little is known. The lyrics go:

Where, as dewy twilight lingers
O'er the balmy air, love,
Harps seem touch'd by fairy fingers,
Wilt thou meet me there, love?

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

Categories: Ballads Love songsDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 20 June 2019

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

 from “24 Technical Studies”

This Presto is the fifteenth piece from 24 Technische Studien für Flöte (24 Technical Studies), Op. 11, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Leipzig in 1911.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Friday 21 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Fill the Bowl

 Traditional English reel

The only known appearance of this reel in print is in Harding's All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, published in New York in 1905.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 22 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 5 in A major

This allemande is the second movement of the fifth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.

Categories: Allemandes Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 23 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Andante by Mercadante

 from “Fantasia per Flauto Solo”

This is the fourth movement from a Fantasia per Flauto Solo con accompagnamento di secondo Flauto o Violino (“Fantasia for solo flute with accompaniment for a second flute or violin”) by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante, first published around 1818.

This movement ends on a half cadence, which is resolved at the beginning of the following movement.

Many thanks to Lutz Kutscher for contributing this piece!

Categories: Classical Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 24 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

Today we propose the seventeenth piece from Exercices journaliers pour la flûte (or Tägliche Studien in German, i.e. “Daily Exercises”) by Austro-Hungarian composer Adolf Terschak. It was first published in 1867.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 25 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Good Luck And More Of It

 Traditional Irish reel

This Dorian-mode reel 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: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 26 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 5 in A major

This sarabande is the third movement of the fifth sonata from Sonates pour la flûte traversière avec la basse, Op. 19 by the prolific French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. These sonatas were originally published in Paris in 1727.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate