Monday 1 July 2019

Tune of the Day: A Feather in My Cap

 for two flutes

This duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. Unfortunately we were unable to track the exact origins of the melody, but the expression “a feather in one's cap” usually refers to an achievement that one takes pride in. Traditionally, Native American warriors added feathers to their headdresses as a sign of bravery in battle. Medieval knights in England also wore feathers in their helmets as a sign of their bravery.

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 2 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

Today we propose the eighteenth 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
Wednesday 3 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Sowa na gaju siada

 Traditional Polish folk song

This traditional folk song comes from Poland. Its title could be translated as “The Owl Sits on the Grove”.

Thanks to Sam for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 4 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Giga by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 5 in A major

This gigue is the fourth and last 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 Jigs Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 5 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Allegro alla Polonese by Mercadante

 from “Fantasia per Flauto Solo”

This is the fifth and final 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
Saturday 6 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Prill

 from “24 Technical Studies”

This is the seventeenth 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
Sunday 7 July 2019

Tune of the Day: The Rambling Rake

 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
Monday 8 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Largo by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece is the second movement from the three-part “Sonata per flauto e pianoforte” by our guest composer Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.

This slow central movement is characterized by a Largo tempo and many tied-over appoggiaturas in the flute. The piano part plays towards a climax, with both activity and dynamics increasing. The central section then exposes some simple thematic material, which evolves into a reprise of the atmospheric climax. This second time, however, the conclusion is different, so that the middle part ends up in the original key of E minor.

Categories: Contemporary Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 9 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This rondeau is the opening movement of the third 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 Rondos Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 10 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat major by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

Today we propose the nineteenth 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
Thursday 11 July 2019

Tune of the Day: The Cottage in the Grove

 Traditional Irish reel

One of the earliest appearances of this reel is in the music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman, who obtained the tune from the music manuscripts of 19th-century bookseller John O'Daly. The same melody also appeared, with minor differences, in the Rice-Walsh manuscript.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 12 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Largo by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 6 in A minor

This is the opening movement of the sixth 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
Saturday 13 July 2019

Tune of the Day: March by Boieldieu

 from “La dame blanche”, arranged for two fllutes

This march is part of the 1825 opera La dame blanche (The White Lady) by François-Adrien Boieldieu, an opera composer who has been nicknamed “the French Mozart”.

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

Categories: Classical Marches Opera excerptsDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 14 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Prill

 from “24 Technical Studies”

This trill-filled etude is the eighteenth 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
Monday 15 July 2019

Tune of the Day: The Pigeon On The Gate

 Traditional Irish reel

This popular session tune is at least as old as the mid-19th century, for it was entered into the large music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.

In Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), Francis O'Neill remarks: “Altho' this splendid reel does not appear in the Bunting, Petrie or Joyce Collections, it was pretty generally known to the pipers and fiddlers of Chicago, hailing from the west, and south of Ireland and always by the same name.”

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Allegro vivace by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece is the third and final movement from the three-part “Sonata per flauto e pianoforte” by our guest composer Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.

The playful flute melody with many staccato notes is mostly accompanied rhythmically by the piano, whose part contains, towards the end, more and more answers to the flute's motifs. This way, both instruments proceed towards a festive high point, that is closed by a remarkable cadence referring to the one that concluded the first movement of the sonata.

Categories: Contemporary Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 17 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Air by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This air is the second movement of the third 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
Thursday 18 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Terschak

 from “Exercices journaliers”

This is the twentieth 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
Friday 19 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Molly From Longford

 Traditional Irish reel

This tune was played and recorded by the famous Irish piper Patsy Touhey (1865–1923), who spent most of his life in America. It was published in Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays (1922), taken from a manuscript of the piper's.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 20 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata No. 6 in A minor

This Allegro is the second movement of the sixth 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
Sunday 21 July 2019

Tune of the Day: Days of Absence

 arranged for two flutes

This song was originally a love serenade in the 1752 one-act opera Le devin du village (“The Village Soothsayer”) by French philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau. You may recognize its tune as the ancestor to the popular American lullaby “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”.

Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Cloth'd in sorrow's dark array;
Days of absence, I am weary,
She I love is far away.

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