Saturday 1 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Fürstenau

 from “24 Daily Studies”

This is the twenty-first 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: intermediate
Sunday 2 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Trip to Killarney

 Traditional Irish jig

Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. This jig is taken from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipe, first published around 1805. Irish scholar Donal O'Sullivan suggested that the piece may be a composition of O'Farrell's, and had no doubts it was composed by an uilleann piper.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 3 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Lady Mary Montagu's Reel

 by Ignatius Sancho

This tune was composed by Ignatius Sancho (1729–1780), and was first printed in his Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779. Sancho was a former slave who became emancipated and found advancement and patronage from the wealthy Montagu family.

Thanks to Anne for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Reels Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 4 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Mi pizzica, mi stimola

 by Daniel Auber, arranged for three flutes

This tune comes from French composer Daniel Auber's 1828 opera La muette de Portici, also known as Masaniello.

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

Categories: Opera excerpts Romantic Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 5 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 6 May 2021

Tune of the Day: Chad Gadya

 Traditional Passover song

This playful cumulative song (where verses get longer and longer) is traditionally sung at the end of the Passover Seder, the Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The melody, which is believed to have its roots in Medieval German folk music, first appeared in a Haggadah (a text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder) printed in Prague in 1590.

Thanks to Elan for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Jewish music Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy