Saturday 1 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Kelvin's Grove

 Traditional Scottish air, arranged for two flutes

The earliest known appearance of this air in print is in the second volume of The Scottish Minstrel (circa 1811), under the title “Kelvin Water”, although the tune is probably much older. The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 2 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Prill

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This is the eleventh piece from 24 Etüden zur Förderung der Technik (24 Studies for the Development of Technique), Op. 12, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Bremen in 1913.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 3 August 2020

Tune of the Day: All I Want is a Decent Boy

 Traditional Irish air

This air is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. O'Neill had the tune from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes (published between 1804 and 1811), and remarked:

The name of a ballad sung to this air has been substituted for “The Young Man's Dream” an obviously wrong title — as printed in O'Farrell's work.

Categories: Celtic Music Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Largo by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in C major

This is the third movement of the third sonata from Sonate a flauto solo con cembalo, o violoncello (“Sonatas for solo flute with harpsichord or cello”) by Italian Baroque composer Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani, originally published in Venice in 1720.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 5 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the nineteenth duet from Trente-six Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants pour deux Flûtes (36 Easy Flute Duets) by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 6 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

Today's piece is the twenty-ninth study from 40 Nuovi Studi, Op. 75, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

This study has also been published as the nineteenth piece in a selection of 24 Studies for Flute from Hugues's Opp. 32 and 75.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 7 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Captain O'Kane

 Traditional Irish air

this air is thought to have been composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738) for his friend Captain O'Kane (or O'Kain or O'Cahan), a “sporting” Irishman of a distinguished County Antrim family who was well known in his day as “Slasher O'Kane”. O'Carolan authority Donal O'Sullivan could find no attribution in any source to O'Carolan, but says the style is his and he generally accepts it as a composition of the bard's. Tune collector Francis O'Neill (1913) quotes Patrick O'Leary, an Australian correspondent, who wrote that the Captain of the title was “the hero of a hundred fights, from Landon to Oudenarde, who, when old an war-worn, tottered back from the Low Countries to his birthplace to die, and found himself not only a stranger, but an outlawed, disinherited, homeless wanderer in the ancient territory that his fathers ruled as Lords of Limavady.”

The song “The Wounded Hussar” was written to the melody by Alexander Campbell and appears in Smith's Irish Minstrel (Edinburgh, 1825). From its lyrics we learn that Captain Henry O'Kain died of his wounds “on the banks of the dark rolling Danube”.

Scots poet Robert Burns wrote his song “The Chevalier's Lament” (1788) to the tune of “Captain O'Kean”.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 8 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Gigue by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands. It is the third movement of a small suite for flute and piano, comprising a Prelude, a Sarabande and this Gigue.

Categories: Contemporary Jigs Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 9 August 2020

Tune of the Day: The Dashing White Sergeant

 arranged for two flutes

“The Dashing White Sergeant” was originally a song written by English composer, conductor and arranger Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, and published in the mid-1820s. Perhaps because of its title, the tune was quick to enter British military repertoire as a march; the melody was soon adapted for dancing, however, becoming nearly as popular in America as it was in England.

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

Categories: Dance tunes Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 10 August 2020

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

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This is the twelfth piece from 24 Etüden zur Förderung der Technik (24 Studies for the Development of Technique), Op. 12, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Bremen in 1913.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 11 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Young Ellen of My Heart

 Traditional Irish air

This Dorian-mode 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: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 12 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This Allegro is the second movement of the second 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
Thursday 13 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in D minor by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twentieth duet from Trente-six Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants pour deux Flûtes (36 Easy Flute Duets) by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 14 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in E-flat major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

Today's piece is the thirty-fourth study from 40 Nuovi Studi, Op. 75, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

This study has also been published as the twentieth piece in a selection of 24 Studies for Flute from Hugues's Opp. 32 and 75.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 15 August 2020

Tune of the Day: The Irish Lassie

 Traditional Irish air

This air is taken from the third volume of James Aird's A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, first published in 1782. It appears to be unique to that collection.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 16 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in C major

This is the fourth and last movement of the third sonata from Sonate a flauto solo con cembalo, o violoncello (“Sonatas for solo flute with harpsichord or cello”) by Italian Baroque composer Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani, originally published in Venice in 1720.

This movement has actually no tempo indication in the original manuscript, but it usually appears as an “Allegro” in modern editions.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 17 August 2020

Tune of the Day: The Yellow Hair'd Laddie

 Traditional Scottish air, arranged for two flutes

This very popular Scottish air dates at least to the early 18th century. It was the vehicle for quite a few songs in ballad operas, and also saw service as a retreat march (signalling the end of the day's duties) in the British military. It was even used by Johann Christian Bach as the theme for the third movement of his Harpsichord Concerto in B-flat major, Op.13, No. 4.

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

Categories: Ballads Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 18 August 2020

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

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This is the thirteenth piece from 24 Etüden zur Förderung der Technik (24 Studies for the Development of Technique), Op. 12, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Bremen in 1913.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 19 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Nae Good Luck aboot the Hoose (with variations)

 Traditional Scottish song

Today we propose a colorful set of variations on the Scottish tune “There's Nae Luck”.

Thanks to Phil for contributing this piece!

Categories: Celtic Music Flings Reels Traditional/Folk VariationsDifficulty: advanced
Thursday 20 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Prélude by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands. It is the first movement of a small suite for flute and piano, comprising this Prélude, a Sarabande and a Gigue. The short Prélude is intended to be an energetic opening to the suite, consisting of a joyous opening theme followed by some leggiero scales to be contrasted by a more rhythmic passage, which subsequently evolves into the reprise.

Categories: Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 21 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-first duet from Trente-six Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants pour deux Flûtes (36 Easy Flute Duets) by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 22 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

Today's piece is the twenty-eighth study from 40 Nuovi Studi, Op. 75, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

This study has also been published as the twenty-first piece in a selection of 24 Studies for Flute from Hugues's Opp. 32 and 75.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 23 August 2020

Tune of the Day: My True Love Has Gone From Me

 Traditional Irish air

This Irish air is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. He notes:

This air like scores of others was unconsciously memorized in my boyhood days at Tralibane some three miles southeast of Bantry, West Cork. All that I can remember now of the ballad sung to it is the distich: “My true love he has gone from me, and I can’t tell how far / Eighteen hundred thousand miles, on board of a man of war”. It is not likely that the poetaster in equalizing his meter realized the absurdity of a voyage equal to seventy-two times the circumference of the Earth.

Categories: Love songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 24 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Andante by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This Andante is the third movement of the second 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 25 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Sul margine d'un rio

 arranged for two flutes

This aria for soprano was written by Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti around 1690, as part of his cantata Elpino tradito.

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

Categories: Arias BaroqueDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 26 August 2020

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

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This is the fourteenth piece from 24 Etüden zur Förderung der Technik (24 Studies for the Development of Technique), Op. 12, by German flutist Emil Prill. It was first published in Bremen in 1913.

Categories: Etudes Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 27 August 2020

Tune of the Day: La Fête de Village

 Traditional French tune

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is in the 4th volume of Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances (London, 1780). The name of the tune may have been taken from a stage work called La Fête du Village by the famous French composer François-Joseph Gossec, which was performed at the Paris Opera in 1778 and was then imported to London.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 28 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Quarantunes: Home

 by Ricky Lombardo

Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by composer Ricky Lombardo. It is the first of three pieces for solo flute published earlier this year under the name Quarantunes.

I composed Quarantunes to help give flutists a little joy and happiness during these difficult and crazy times of the 2020 Covid pandemic. So many of us, while stuck at home, were starting to feel down and depressed. I wanted to give everyone's spirit and mood a little lift. After composing the tunes for flute alone, it was time to share them with the flute community. I started sending the songs as a free download to many of the flutists I knew around the world and asked them to share the music with their students, colleagues and anyone they thought might enjoy them. It was important to have nice melodies with catchy titles that were not too difficult so they could be reachable to as many as players as possible. Since being shared, the Quarantunes have done exactly what they were intended to do. So many flutists have contacted me saying these have come just when they needed a little boost. They are being performed around the world. Several have used these with their students and posted recordings to YouTube.

Many thanks to Ricky Lombardo for making this piece freely available and for letting us publish it!

Categories: Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 29 August 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in C major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-second duet from Trente-six Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants pour deux Flûtes (36 Easy Flute Duets) by French Romantic composer Benoit Tranquille Berbiguier.

Categories: Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 30 August 2020

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

 from “40 New Studies”

Today's piece is the thirty-fifth study from 40 Nuovi Studi, Op. 75, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

This study has also been published as the twenty-second piece in a selection of 24 Studies for Flute from Hugues's Opp. 32 and 75.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 31 August 2020

Tune of the Day: My Only Joe and Dearie

 Traditional Scottish air

This melody was first published as a song in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. 6 (1803). In London dancing master Thomas Wilson's Companion to the Ballroom (1816), it appears among the “figure” dances, listed as a Scotch tune.

One of the publishers of the Museum, Thomas Oliver, apparently heard the melody in a pantomime and forwarded it to Richard Gail (1776–1801), asking him to write words to it. The lyrics go:

Thy cheek is o' the rose's hue,
My only Joe and dearie O,
Thy neck is like the siller dew
Upon the bank sae brierie O;
Thy teeth are o' the ivory,
O sweets the twinkle o' thine e'e,
Nae joy nae pleasure blinks on me,
My only Joe and dearie O.

Categories: Celtic Music Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy