Tuesday 1 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Quarantunes: Hibernation Blues

 by Ricky Lombardo

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

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

Categories: Blues Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 2 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Portuguese Air

 Traditional air

This flute duet appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. The arrangement is probably based on a traditional air, possibly from Portugal, but we were unable to trace its exact origins.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 3 September 2020

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

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This is the fifteenth 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
Friday 4 September 2020

Tune of the Day: My Charmer from Clare

 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. O'Neill's source was James Whiteside, the “Bard of Bray”, County Wicklow.

Clare is a county in the Mid-West Region of Ireland, bordered on the West by the Atlantic Ocean.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 5 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Quarantunes: Steppin' Out

 by Ricky Lombardo

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

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

Categories: Contemporary Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 6 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in F major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-third 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
Monday 7 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in F minor by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 8 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Banished to America

 Traditional Irish air

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. His tunes were noted down by Thomas Rice, a talented pupil, and later copied by his friend James P. Walsh.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in G minor

This is the opening movement of the fourth 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: easy
Thursday 10 September 2020

Tune of the Day: My Love's Like the Red, Red Rose

 arranged for two flutes

This arrangement for two flutes of Robert Burns's celebrated song “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose” appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.

Categories: Celtic Music Love songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 11 September 2020

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

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This challenging étude in A-sharp minor is the sixteenth 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: advanced
Saturday 12 September 2020

Tune of the Day: The Valley Near Slievenamon

 Traditional Irish air

Slievenamon (“Mountain of the Women”) is a 2,365 ft tall mountain in south County Tipperary, Ireland. The mountain is said to have derived its name from the ancient fairy women or Feimhin, who enchanted a warrior named Fionn mac Cumhaill and his followers.

In his 1922 collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, Francis O'Neill writes: “This fine air which runs to the unusual number of 14 bars in each part was sent me by a Dublin friend, Mr. M. Flanagan, a distinguished linguist and scholar. In his leisure moments, he enjoys the music of his fiddle, and union pipes, being a skillful performer on both instruments. [...] Whether suitable to the meter of the melody or not, Mr. Flanagan's charming verses will be no less appreciated than his music.”

Alone all alone by the wave washed strand
All alone in a crowded hall
The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand
But my heart is not here at all
It flies far away by night and by day
To the times and the joys that are gone
And I never will forget the sweet maiden I met
In the valley near Slievenamon.

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 13 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Presto by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This Presto is the fourth and final 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
Monday 14 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in A minor by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-fourth 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
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp minor by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

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

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Wednesday 16 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Paddy Will You Now

 Traditional Irish air

This air is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922). O'Neill remarks:

The above setting differs not materially from that in Clinton's 200 Irish Melodies for Flute, Dublin 1840. Under the same name a much simpler version appears in Haverty's 300 Irish Airs, New York 1858, having but the exceptional number of 13 bars altogether. To the editor this strain was known in boyhood days as “Tow Row Row”, both names being taken from the first line of the song “Tow Row Row, Paddy, will you now”, which song by the way cannot be found in any Irish collection at present available.

Categories: Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Thursday 17 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in G minor

This is the second movement of the fourth 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
Friday 18 September 2020

Tune of the Day: The Castilian Maid

 Traditional air

This flute duet appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. The arrangement is, according to sheet music of the time, based on “a much admired Spanish seguidilla”, to which Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote the following lyrics:

Remember the time, in La Mancha's shades,
When our moments so blissfully flew;
When you called me the flower of Castilian maids,
And I blushed to be called so by you;
When I taught you to warble the gay seguadille.
And to dance to the light castanet;
Oh, never, dear youth, let you roam where you will,
The delight of those moments forget.

Categories: Love songs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 19 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Prill

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This étude in F major is the seventeenth 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
Sunday 20 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Homeward Bound

 Traditional Irish tune

This march is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. O'Neill writes:

This spirited march was memorized by the writer in early life; all circumstances relating to its acquirement being now forgotten. We have no assurance of its Gaelic origin, yet few would deny that it was worth preserving at least. For obvious reasons, a name has been supplied for its identification.

Categories: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 21 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Andante by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

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

Watch out for the massive syncopation in measures 32 to 36!

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: advanced
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in E major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-fifth 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: Marches Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in E minor by Hugues

 from “30 Studies”

Today's piece is the second study from 30 Studi, Op. 32, by Italian flutist, composer and arranger Luigi Hugues.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 24 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Lord Lindsay's March

 Traditional Scottish tune

This tune is taken from Volume 5 of James Aird's A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (1797). Tune collector Francis O'Neill noted that the tune is almost identical to “Captain Hillman's March”, which was also published in Aird's Selection.

Categories: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 25 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in G minor

This is the third movement of the fourth 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.

The movement starts off and spends most of its time in E-flat major, but in the last three measures it modulates back to the main key of the sonata, G minor, and finally ends on a half cadence which prepares the ground for the final movement.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 26 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Bohemian Waltz

 arranged for two flutes

This flute duet appears in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. The arrangement is probably based on an 18th-century waltz from central Europe, but unfortunately we were unable to trace its exact origins.

Categories: Traditional/Folk WaltzesDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 27 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Prill

 from “24 Studies for the Development of Technique”

This étude in D minor is the eighteenth 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 28 September 2020

Tune of the Day: The North Wind

 Traditional Irish tune

This march 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: Marches Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 29 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Largo by Locatelli

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

This Largo is the second movement of the third 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
Wednesday 30 September 2020

Tune of the Day: Duet in E major by Berbiguier

 from “36 Petits Duos Mélodiques Faciles et Chantants”

This piece is the twenty-sixth 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: Loures Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy