Saturday 1 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Un poco allegro by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in F major

This is the opening movement of Partita No. 3 in F 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
Sunday 2 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes

 arranged for two flutes

This arrangement for two flutes of the popular Scottish pipe tune is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in 1833.

Categories: Celtic Music Flings Strathspeys Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 3 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the ninth study from 26 Übungen (26 Exercises) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in 1835.

Note that all trills should be played with a final anticipatory turn, as illustrated in bar 1. This turn should follow on from the trill clearly and without any hesitation.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Tuesday 4 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Tobin's Favorite

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in 1903. The title probably refers to one Adam Tobin, a native of Kilkenny, by way of Chicago fiddler James Kennedy, who gave the tune to O'Neill.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Wednesday 5 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice by Stamitz

 from “8 Caprices”

This is the second of 8 Caprices for solo flute by German violinist and composer Anton Stamitz, composed around the 1780s.

This particular piece has no tempo indication in the original edition, but modern ones often label it “Andante”.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 6 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in F major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This Allegro 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
Friday 7 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in C minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This study is the twentieth 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
Saturday 8 January 2022

Tune of the Day: The Wheels of the World

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. It is not to be confused with the (arguably more popular) reel of the same name.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Sunday 9 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Andante by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in F major

This Andante in B-flat major is the second movement of Partita No. 3 in F 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
Monday 10 January 2022

Tune of the Day: The Vesper Hymn

 arranged for three flutes

This tune first appeared in John A. Stevenson's Selection of Popular National Airs (1818) as a setting for Thomas Moore's “Hark! The Vesper Hymn is Stealing”. A footnote in that hymnal explained that Stevenson had added what is now the first line of the retrain to a “Russian Air”. Some later hymnals attributed the tune to Russian-Ukrainian composer Dimitri Bortniansky, but no tune resembling this one has been found in his published works. For that reason, Stevenson is sometimes recognized as the composer of the tune.

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

Categories: Christian music Hymn tunes Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 11 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in C-sharp minor by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the tenth study from 26 Übungen (26 Exercises) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 12 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Kitty Come Over

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. It is also known under the curious title “The Cow that Ate the Blanket”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Thursday 13 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice by Stamitz

 from “8 Caprices”

This is the third of 8 Caprices for solo flute by German violinist and composer Anton Stamitz, composed around the 1780s.

Categories: Classical Rondos Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 14 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in E-flat major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This Allegretto 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 15 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This study is the twenty-first 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
Sunday 16 January 2022

Tune of the Day: The Blazing Turf Fire

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. O'Neill obtained the tune from the playing of Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin, originally from County Tipperary.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 17 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Allegrezza by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in F major

This is the third movement of Partita No. 3 in F 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
Tuesday 18 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Oh It is not While Riches

 arranged for two flutes

This “original Irish melody” was composed around 1830 by pianist William Eavestaff, about whom not much is known.

Oh it is not while riches and splendour surround us,
That friendship and friends can be put to the test,
'Tis but when afflictions cold pressure has bound us,
We find which the hearts are, that love us the best;
For friends will fawn at fortune's dawn,
While the breeze and the tide waft us steadily on,
But if sorrow o'ertakes us, Each false one forsakes us
And leaves us to sink or to struggle alone.

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

Categories: Hymn tunes Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Wednesday 19 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in G-sharp minor by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the twelfth study from 26 Übungen (26 Exercises) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Thursday 20 January 2022

Tune of the Day: All Covered with Moss

 Traditional Irish jig

This tune appears in Francis O'Neill's collection Music of Ireland, published in 1903. It was played by fiddler Edward Cronin, born in County Tipperary in the 1830s, although he had no name for it. A member of O'Neill's traditional Irish music circle in Chicago, Sergeant Early (an uilleann piper and member of the Chicago police force), upon hearing Cronin play, remarked “with evident appreciation, ‛Ah, that's well covered with moss’ — alluding to its ancient strains”. O'Neill seized upon the remark as a convenient title.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Friday 21 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice by Stamitz

 from “8 Caprices”

This is the fourth of 8 Caprices for solo flute by German violinist and composer Anton Stamitz, composed around the 1780s.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 22 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in E-flat major by Tulou

 from “Méthode de flûte”

This Allegretto 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 23 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

This study is the twenty-second 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: advanced
Monday 24 January 2022

Tune of the Day: The Book of Rights

 Traditional Irish jig

This tune is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. Irish Guitarist Paul de Grae notes that the title “Book of Rights” belongs to a Irish medieval manuscript. A very similar tune appears in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman under the title “The Rights of an Irishman”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 25 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Two Menuets by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in F major

These two minuets constitute the fourth movement of Partita No. 3 in F 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 Minuets Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 26 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Oh It Was Not for Me that I Heard the Bells

 arranged for two flutes

This air was originally composed by British organist John Whitaker for the 1815 operatical farce My Spouse and I.

I went to the fair with a heart all so merry,
Sing hey down, ho down, derry down dee;
And I bought a gay ribbon as red as a cherry,
For the girl I lov'd best and who vow'd to love me.
I return'd from the fair gaily whistling and singing,
My true lover's knot I in triumph was bringing;
0! it wasn't for me that I heard the bells ringing;
Sing hey down, ho down, derry down dee.

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

Categories: Opera excerpts Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 27 January 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in F-sharp major by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the thirteenth study from 26 Übungen (26 Exercises) by German flutist and composer Anton Bernhard Fürstenau, first published in 1835.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 28 January 2022

Tune of the Day: The Humors of Whiskey

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this popular jig is in Francis O'Neill's collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy