Tuesday 1 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This “Etude sans fin” (“Endless study”) 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
Wednesday 2 June 2021

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

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This agitated piece is the twenty-eighth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Thursday 3 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Jackson's Silver Mines

 Traditional Irish jig

This tune was originally printed simply as “Silver-mines” in O'Farrell's Collection of National Music for the Union Pipes (c. 1800). The Jackson of the title was the famous 18th-century gentleman piper Walker ‛Piper’ Jackson, but judging from early printings this association only came to be during the 19th century.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 4 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Song4You by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.

“Song4You” is an attempt on my part to write something floaty: a powerful tune based on a descending bass line, intended for the flute with piano accompaniment. This contrasts with a lyrical middle section, strongly inspired by the “Quando corpus morietur” from Joseph Haydn's Stabat Mater with its long lines and repeating chords.

In terms of structure, the piece is based on a fairly classical chord progression with initially a falling, running bass. Over time, the piano accompaniment shows more diversions to play an important role in the middle section with the ever-shifting harmonies above the slow solo line. In the reprise the theme returns brightly in a higher register, with some extra accents in the piano accompaniment.

Categories: Contemporary Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 5 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Swiss and Stantz Waltzes

 for two flutes

This flute duet, combining two independent waltzes, is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Waltzes Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 6 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Hugues

 from “40 New Studies”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 7 June 2021

Tune of the Day: A Lilt from Home

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is as “The Church of Dromore” in Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903). Many variants have since emerged under various titles, including “Ryan's Favorite”, “The Killaloe Boat”, and “The Lilting Banshee”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 8 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Danse des Sauvages

 arranged for flute and piano

The Danse des sauvages is arguably the most famous piece from Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1735 opera Les Indes galantes (“The Amorous Indies”). It is part of the fourth and final act, “Les Sauvages” (“The Savages”), which is set in North America and was inspired by Native American music. In particular, Rameau claimed to have based this piece, whose original title is “Danse du grand calumet de la paix” (“Dance of the grand peace pipe”), on the dances performed by two Native Americans from Louisiana, which he witnessed in Paris in 1725.

Thanks to Marian for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Baroque Opera excerpts Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 9 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Duet in C major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This short Andantino 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
Thursday 10 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Karg-Elert

 from “30 Caprices for Flute Solo”

This is the twenty-fifth étude from Sigfried Karg-Elert's 30 Caprices: a “Gradus ad Parnassum” of the modern technique for flute solo.

Categories: 20th century Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Friday 11 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Red River Valley

 Traditional American folk song

This cowboy music standard has gone by many different names, notably including “Cowboy Love Song”.

From this valley they say you are going.
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while.

So come sit by my side if you love me.
Do not hasten to bid me adieu.
Just remember the Red River Valley,
And the cowboy that has loved you so true.

Both the melody and the lyrics have very uncertain origins. According to Canadian folklorist Edith Fowke, there is anecdotal evidence that the song was known in at least five Canadian provinces before 1896. This finding led to speculation that the song was composed at the time of the 1870 Wolseley Expedition to Manitoba's northern Red River Valley.

The earliest known written manuscript of the lyrics bears the notations “Nemaha 1879” and “Harlan 1885”, possibly referring to either two counties in Nebraska or to two towns in Iowa.

The song was brought to its greatest popularity by Texan Jules Verne Allen's 1929 recording titled “Cowboy's Love Song”. Allen himself thought the song was from Pennsylvania, perhaps brought over from Europe.

Thanks to Elan for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Ballads Love songs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Saturday 12 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Bushy Park

 by Ignatius Sancho

This tune was composed by British writer and musician Ignatius Sancho (1729–1780), and was first printed in his Twelve Country Dances for the Year 1779.

Bushy Park is the second largest of London's Royal Parks, after Richmond Park. The name was assigned by King Henry VIII in 1529, when he established it as deer-hunting ground.

Categories: Jigs Difficulty: easy
Sunday 13 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Trio in A

 for two flutes and guitar

This simple trio for two flutes and guitar was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, guitarist Peter Pope. Thank you, Peter!

Categories: Contemporary Written for Flute Difficulty: easy