Friday 1 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Jackson's Frieze Coat

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. His source for this tune was fiddler Edward Cronin, originally from County Limerick.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 2 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Allemanda by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in F major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This allemanda is the second movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 10 in F major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 3 October 2021

Tune of the Day: The Laughing Trio

 by G.B. Martini, arraged for three flutes

This flute trio is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. It is an arrangement of Giovanni Battista Martini's memorable terzetto “Vadasi via di qua”, also known as “The Tickling Trio”.

Categories: Classical Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 4 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This is the seventh piece from the first etude book written by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, his 24 grosse Etüden für Flöte, Op. 15, first published in Hamburg in 1885.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 5 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Contentment is Wealth

 Traditional Irish jig

The first known appearance of this jig in print is found in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. “Contentment is Wealth” is a title shared by several jigs, all of which have the first strain in common. Scholar Bruce Olson believed it may have derived from a line in the song “Haste to the wedding”, which goes:

We boast of no wealth, but contentment and health

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 6 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Andante by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in D major

This is the second movement of Partita No. 1 in D major for solo flute by German flutist and composer Johann Georg Tromlitz, which was first published in Leipzig as part of his Sechs Partiten für Querflöte solo.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 7 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This study for two flutes is taken from the celebrated Méthode de flûte by French flutist Jean-Louis Tulou, published in Paris in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Friday 8 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Romanino

 from “20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli”

This study in double-tonguing is the twelfth piece from 20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli per il Flauto (“20 progressive and delightful studies for the flute”) by Italian flutist Camillo Romanino.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 9 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Welcome to Cork

 Traditional Irish jig

The first appearance of this jig is, under the title “Teddy Malo's Jig”, in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in Boston in 1883. The title “Welcome to Cork” was introduced by Francis O'Neill in his Music of Ireland (1903).

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Sunday 10 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Sarabanda by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in F major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This sarabanda is the third movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 10 in F major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 11 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Beneath the Wave thy Lover Sleeps

 arranged for two flutes

This duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. It is an arrangement of a popular song that Blake attributes to “Sinclair”, probably Scottish singer John Sinclair (1791–1857). It seems unlikely that Sinclair composed the song, but his name was probably associated with it because he brought it to popularity.

Categories: Ballads Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 12 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This is the first version of the ninth piece from the first etude book written by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, his 24 grosse Etüden für Flöte, Op. 15, first published in Hamburg in 1885. The indication at the beginning, mit einfachem Zungenstoss, instructs the player to use simple tonguing.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 13 October 2021

Tune of the Day: The Widow Brady

 Traditional Irish jig

The first appearance of this jig is, under the title “Lafrican's” (which has been suggested might be a corruption of “Lorrigan's”), in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in Boston in 1883. The title “The Widow Brady” was introduced by Francis O'Neill in his Music of Ireland (1903).

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 14 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Allegro assai by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in D major

This is the third movement of Partita No. 1 in D major for solo flute by German flutist and composer Johann Georg Tromlitz, which was first published in Leipzig as part of his Sechs Partiten für Querflöte solo.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 15 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This study for two flutes is taken from the celebrated Méthode de flûte by French flutist Jean-Louis Tulou, published in Paris in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 16 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Romanino

 from “20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli”

Today we propose the tenth piece from 20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli per il Flauto (“20 progressive and delightful studies for the flute”) by Italian flutist Camillo Romanino.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 17 October 2021

Tune of the Day: The Basket of Turf

 Traditional Irish jig

The first known appearance of this jig is in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in Boston in 1883. Also known as “The Creel of Turf”, this tune is sometimes played in Dorian mode (by adding a C# to the key signature), and sometimes with its parts reversed.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 18 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Gavotta by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in F major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This is the fourth movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 10 in F major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 19 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Welcome Me Home

 arranged for two flutes

This romantic ballad was composed by English poet, dramatist and songwriter Thomas Haynes Bayly.

Gaily the troubadour touched his guitar,
When he was hast'ning home from the war.
Singing from Palestine hither I come;
Lady love, lady love welcome me home.

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

Categories: Ballads Romantic Difficulty: easy
Wednesday 20 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This is the second version of the ninth piece from the first etude book written by Danish flutist and composer Joachim Andersen, his 24 grosse Etüden für Flöte, Op. 15, first published in Hamburg in 1885. The indication at the beginning, mit doppeltem Zungenstoss, instructs the player to use double tonguing.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Thursday 21 October 2021

Tune of the Day: La Bastringue

 Traditional Canadian reel

“La Bastringue” (a French word for a dance hall) has its origins in an old French tune which might date as far back as the 17th century. It appears set in 6/8 time in a number of 19th-century English collections, such as Wilson's A Companion to the Ballroom (1816), under the title “Voulez-vous danser”.

In French Canada the tune became a “party song” which tells of an older man who wants to dance “La Bastringue” with a girl. He soon finds that he isn't up to the pace, and to save face he tries to beg off by feigning concern for the woman's stamina. She proves equal to the task, though, and the man finally just has to give up.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Reels Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 22 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Two Menuets by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in D major

These two minuets constitute the fourth movement of Partita No. 1 in D major for solo flute by German flutist and composer Johann Georg Tromlitz, which was first published as part of his Sechs Partiten für Querflöte solo.

Categories: Classical Minuets Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 23 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Duet in E minor by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This study for two flutes is taken from the celebrated Méthode de flûte by French flutist Jean-Louis Tulou, published in Paris in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 24 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Romanino

 from “20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli”

This study is the fifteenth piece from 20 Studi progressivi e dilettevoli per il Flauto (“20 progressive and delightful studies for the flute”) by Italian flutist Camillo Romanino.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 25 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Damat Halayı

 Traditional Turkish tune

“Damat Halayı” (usually translated as “Groom Dance”) is a common dance at Turkish weddings, but it is also popular as a party dance, and as a children's dance taught in schools. The exact origins of the tune are unclear. Most Turks think of it as a dance from Thracia (European Turkey), even though some Thracians say it comes from Bulgaria. Strong similarities can also be found with Greek and Macedonian dance tunes.

Thanks to Damla for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Dance tunes Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 26 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Giga by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in F major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This is the fifth and final movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 10 in F major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 27 October 2021

Tune of the Day: Green Hills of Tyrol

 arranged for two flutes

This popular melody, believed to be based on an alpine folk tune, was featured in two of Gioachino Rossini's most famous operas: Cinderella (1817) and William Tell (1829). It is known to many as “A Scottish Soldier”, because of the lyrics added to the tune in 1961 by Scottish singer Andy Stewart.

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

Categories: Traditional/Folk Waltzes Difficulty: intermediate