Wednesday 1 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Aria by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

This aria in rondeau form is the third 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 Rondos Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 2 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Passacaille by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This is the third movement of the sixth 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
Friday 3 January 2020

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

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the seventeenth 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 4 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Astley's Hornpipe

 Traditional English tune

This very popular hornpipe is found in a large number of English printed and manuscript collections. The earliest appearance seems to be in the 5th volume of Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Fashionable Country Dances, published in 1788.

The title probably refers to Sergeant-Major Philip Astley, credited with creating the first circus in London in the second half of the 18th century and regarded by many as the “father of the modern circus”.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 5 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Largo by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in A major

This Largo is the opening movement of the seventh of 12 sonatas for flute and continuo by Italian composer Pietro Antonio Locatelli, originally published in Amsterdam in 1732.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 6 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Morning Its Sweets

 from “Cinderella”, arranged for two flutes

This flute duet appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833. It is an arrangement of a piece from Cinderella, the 1831 English-language adaptation of Rossini's La Cenerentola by Irish violinist and composer Michael Rophino Lacy.

Categories: Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 7 January 2020

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

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This tarantelle is the fourteenth 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
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Widecombe Fair

 Traditional English folk song

This is a well-known Devon folk song about a man called Tom Pearce, whose horse dies after someone borrows it to travel to the fair in Widecombe with his friends. Its chorus ends with a long list of the people traveling to the fair. Some research suggests that the names originally referred to real people. As the last name in a long list, “Uncle Tom Cobley and all” has come to be used as a humorous colloquialism meaning “anyone and everyone”.

Tom Pierce, Tom Pierce lend me your grey mare
All along, down along out along lee
For I wants for to go to Widdicombe Fair
With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy
Dan'l Widden, Harry Hall, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all
Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all

Thanks to Jean for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 9 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata in E minor

This is the fourth and final 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
Friday 10 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Le Papillon by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This minuet is the fourth movement of the sixth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Papillon is the French word for “butterfly”.

Categories: Baroque Minuets Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 11 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in F minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Today we propose the eighteenth 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
Sunday 12 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Harlequin Gambols

 Traditional English tune

The earliest appearance of this English country dance tune is found in the 5th volume of Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances by Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson, published 1788. The melody was developed into a hornpipe in Scotland under the title “The Colosseum”.

Categories: Dance tunes Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 13 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in A major

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

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 14 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Peter White

 Traditional catch, for three flutes

Today's piece is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. It is a catch, meaning that all parts repeatedly play the same melody starting at different times.

Unfortunately we were unable to track the origins of this melody. If you recognize the tune, please let us know!

Categories: Canons Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 15 January 2020

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

 from “30 Studies in All Keys”

This is the fifteenth 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
Thursday 16 January 2020

Tune of the Day: The Liscarroll 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 a Jerry O'Reilly from San Francisco. Liscarroll is a village in County Cork, Ireland.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 17 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Andante by Boismortier

 from Flute Sonata in A major

This is the opening movement of the fifth 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
Saturday 18 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Le Moucheron by Montéclair

 for two flutes

This passepied is the fifth movement of the sixth of six Concerts à deux Flutes Traversières sans Basse by the French Baroque composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. Moucheron is the French word for “gnat”.

Categories: Baroque Passepieds Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate