Thursday 1 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in F major

This is the opening movement of the tenth 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 Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 2 April 2021

Tune of the Day: O pescator

 arranged for two flutes

This flute duet appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. “O pescator dell'onda” (“O Fisherman of the sea”) is a traditional Venetian folk song.

Categories: Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 3 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in A minor by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 4 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Ligrum Cus

 Traditional Irish tune

This oddly-named jig dates back to the late 18th century. A tune by this name (“Ligurum Cuss”) was the indicated tune for a song by Kane O'Hara for his opera Midas (1762).

In his collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), Francis O'Neill remarks:

The expression “Ligrum Cus”, evidently corrupt Gaelic, may be translated “Let go my foot”. It may also relate to the rent question. We can hardly blame the Scotch, while Irish titles in Moore's Melodies present similar difficulties.

“Ligrum Cus” (and its spelling variants) may be an anglicized version of the Irish gliogram cos, gliogram meaning “rattling noise”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 5 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Grave by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This is the opening movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 6 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Cantabile by Quantz

 from Flute Duet No. 6 in E minor

This is the third movement of a Flute Duet in E minor by famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz, first published in 1759.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 7 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Fürstenau

 from “24 Daily Studies”

This is the eighteenth piece from 24 Tägliche Studien (24 Daily Studies) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in Berlin in 1839.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Show-off pieces Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Thursday 8 April 2021

Tune of the Day: The Petticoat

 Traditional jig

This catchy jig of unknown provenance appears in the 3rd volume of James Aird's A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in Glasgow in 1788.

It is worth noting that in the 16th to mid-19th centuries the term “petticoat” referred to any separate skirt worn with a gown, bodice or jacket. Unlike more recent versions, these petticoats were not underwear, as they were made to be seen.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Friday 9 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Presto by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in F major

This is the second movement of the tenth 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 Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 10 April 2021

Tune of the Day: The Union Waltz

 for three flutes

This flute trio is taken from James Bond's National Melodies, published in London in 1815. It is a combination of three waltzes, called “Lieber Augustine”, “Hungarian Waltz”, and “Tyrolese Waltz”.

The most prominent of the three melodies, better known as “O du lieber Augustin” (“O dear Augustin”), is a popular Viennese song, supposedly composed by balladeer Marx Augustin in 1679.

Categories: Waltzes Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 11 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 12 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Miss Lyall

 Traditional Scottish strathspey

Popular both in Scotland and in Ireland, this strathspey started appearing in music collections in the early 19th century. One of its earliest appearances is in John Hall's A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs, dated circa 1818.

In County Donegal, Ireland, the tune is set as a highland and known as “The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig”. This title, referring to a cat that had a litter of kittens in someone's wig, appears to have been an anti-Jacobite reference.

Categories: Celtic Music Strathspeys Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 13 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Corelli

 from Violin Sonata in B-flat major, transcribed for flute and keyboard

This Vivace is the third movement of Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat major, which was originally published in 1700 as part of his 12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 14 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Canone infinito by Quantz

 from Flute Duet No. 6 in E minor

This circular canon for two flutes is the final movement of a Flute Duet in E minor by famous German flutist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz, first published in 1759. In the past, this particular movement has sometimes been misattributed to Telemann.

Categories: Baroque Canons Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 15 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Fürstenau

 from “24 Daily Studies”

This is the nineteenth piece from 24 Tägliche Studien (24 Daily Studies) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in Berlin in 1839.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Friday 16 April 2021

Tune of the Day: When I Parted

 Traditional Scottish jig

This tune is popular in Irish tradition under the names “The Trip to Sligo” and, sometimes, “Lark in the Morning” (but it shall not be confused with another popular jig also called “Lark in the Morning”). However, it is believed to be a composition of Scottish fiddler John Anderson (1737–1808) who published it, as “When I Parted”, in his circa-1790 A Collection of New Highland Strathspey Reels For the Violin or German Flute.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Saturday 17 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Bellinzani

 from Recorder Sonata in F major

This charming little Adagio in D minor is the third movement of the tenth 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 Sonatas Difficulty: easy
Sunday 18 April 2021

Tune of the Day: O Charlie is my Darling

 Traditional Scottish song

This Scottish air, dating back to the 18th century, has been used as the melody for various sets of lyrics by Robert Burns, Lady Nairne, James Hogg, and Captain Charles Grayre.

In more recent years, the tune has made several appearances in popular culture. The title was used by the Rolling Stones in their 1966 documentary Charlie Is My Darling. A parody of the song can even be heard in the “Charlie X” episode of the classic series Star Trek, in which Uhura sings a special version (with lyrics adapted to the plot) as Spock accompanies her on the Vulcan lyre.

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

Categories: Slow airs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 19 April 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat minor by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate