Tuesday 1 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

This is the third and final movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in B-flat major for flute and continuo, QV 1:161. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 2 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Holst

 from “12 Divertimentos”

This Pastorale for two flutes is the seventh piece from Twelve Divertimentos for Two German Flutes by Matthias von Holst (1767–1854), the great-grandfather of Gustav Holst (of The Planets fame).

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 3 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the thirty-seventh study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Friday 4 November 2022

Tune of the Day: The Clan MacKellaig

 Pipe march by Roddy Campbell

Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. About Clan MacKellaig, he writes:

Members of this small clan, a sept of the Clanranald MacDonalds, belonged to the districts west of Fort William. Sadly in recent generations a dearth of male births has resulted in fewer people bearing this surname.

Categories: Celtic Music Contemporary Marches Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 5 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in F major by De Lusse

 from “L'art de la flûte traversière”

Today we present the seventh of 12 caprices included in French flutist and composer Charles de Lusse's L'art de la flûte traversière, first published in Paris in 1760.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 6 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Devienne

 from “24 Easy Duets”

Today we propose the twelth piece from François Devienne's XXIV Duos faciles pour deux flutes à l'usage des commençans (24 Easy Duets for two flutes for use by beginners). It was first published in Leipzig around 1800.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 7 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the thirty-eighth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 8 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Hide and Go Seek

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest appearance of this tune is in a 1833 collection called A Companion to the Reticule, under the title “Captain Holmes”. However, it seems likely to have derived from the Scottish “The Hills of Glenorchy”, which predates it.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Wednesday 9 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Cantabile by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

This is the opening movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in B-flat major for flute and continuo, QV 1:162. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 10 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Holst

 from “12 Divertimentos”

This Allegretto for two flutes is the eighth piece from Twelve Divertimentos for Two German Flutes by Matthias von Holst (1767–1854), the great-grandfather of Gustav Holst (of The Planets fame).

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 11 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in E-flat major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the thirty-ninth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Saturday 12 November 2022

Tune of the Day: The Dunniewassel

 Pipe march by Roddy Campbell

Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. About the “Dunniewassel” of the title, he writes:

This is how the Lowland shepherds who came to the Highlands with the caoraich mhòra (the big sheep) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries pronounced duine uasal, which meant ‛gentleman’. A duine uasal was often related to the chief, helped to run the estate and was given the status of tacksman.

Categories: Celtic Music Contemporary Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 13 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in B minor by De Lusse

 from “L'art de la flûte traversière”

Today we present the eighth of 12 caprices included in French flutist and composer Charles de Lusse's L'art de la flûte traversière, first published in Paris in 1760.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Monday 14 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in F major by Devienne

 from “24 Easy Duets”

Today we propose the thirteenth piece from François Devienne's XXIV Duos faciles pour deux flutes à l'usage des commençans (24 Easy Duets for two flutes for use by beginners). It was first published in Leipzig around 1800.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 15 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the fortieth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 16 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Fasten the Leg in Her

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Canon James Goodman's 1861 manuscript, under the title “Fasten the Leg in Her”. Many theories have been developed to explain this curious title. It might be a reference to horse racing, urging a horse forward, but it may also be a garbled version of “Fasten the Wig on Her”, or perhaps “Fasten the Legging”, referring to an article of clothing. Some say it could be a maritime reference to wooden “legs” used to keep a boat upright when not afloat. Some others think the title has to do with cattle, as it was not uncommon to tie a cow who kicked during milking.

Whatever the origins of the title, the tune was once very popular. During the 1920s and 1930s, it was recorded by several Irish-American artists, including piper Patsy Tuohey and fiddler Michael Coleman.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Thursday 17 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Allegretto by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

This is the central movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in B-flat major for flute and continuo, QV 1:162. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Friday 18 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Holst

 from “12 Divertimentos”

This Andante for two flutes is the ninth piece from Twelve Divertimentos for Two German Flutes by Matthias von Holst (1767–1854), the great-grandfather of Gustav Holst (of The Planets fame).

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 19 November 2022

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

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the forty-first study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 20 November 2022

Tune of the Day: The Moss Road

 Pipe march by Roddy Campbell

Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. About the title, he writes:

This road is in North Connel, near Oban, where we spent many a happy day. The name derives from the nearby Moss of Achnacree, on which stand the ruins of what archaeologists believe is an old prehistoric broch.

A broch is a spectacular type of Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure found throughout Atlantic Scotland. Dating from over 2000 years ago, brochs were originally believed to be defensive structures, places of refuge for the community and their livestock. This theory fell from favor in the 1980s, due to a lack of supporting evidence. Scottish archaeologists suggested defensibility was never a major concern in the siting of a broch, and argued that they may have been the “stately homes” of their time, objects of prestige and very visible demonstrations of superiority for important families.

Categories: Celtic Music Contemporary Marches Difficulty: easy
Monday 21 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in E minor by De Lusse

 from “L'art de la flûte traversière”

Today we present the ninth of 12 caprices included in French flutist and composer Charles de Lusse's L'art de la flûte traversière, first published in Paris in 1760.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Tuesday 22 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in B minor by Devienne

 from “24 Easy Duets”

Today we propose the fourteenth piece from François Devienne's XXIV Duos faciles pour deux flutes à l'usage des commençans (24 Easy Duets for two flutes for use by beginners). It was first published in Leipzig around 1800.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 23 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the forty-second study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Thursday 24 November 2022

Tune of the Day: The Cliffs of Moher

 Traditional Irish jig

The first known appearance of this tune in print is in R.M. Levey's second collection of The Dance Music of Ireland, published in London in 1873. The earliest versions of the jig were apparently in major mode, but today the tune is most often played in A Dorian.

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs on the Atlantic coast in County Clare, Ireland. They run for about 9 miles, reaching an impressive maximum height of 214 meters. They take their name from a ruined promontory fort, Mothar, which was demolished in 1808 to provide material for a lookout/telegraph tower intended to provide warning in case of a French invasion during the Napoleonic wars.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Friday 25 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in B-flat major

This is the third and final movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in B-flat major for flute and continuo, QV 1:162. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Saturday 26 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in G major by Holst

 from “12 Divertimentos”

This Allegro for two flutes is the tenth piece from Twelve Divertimentos for Two German Flutes by Matthias von Holst (1767–1854), the great-grandfather of Gustav Holst (of The Planets fame).

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 27 November 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the forty-third study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Variations Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 28 November 2022

Tune of the Day: The Oldest Swinger in Castlebay City

 Pipe march by Roddy Campbell

This heavily syncopated march was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. He writes:

Here I totally take leave of my senses. Meant only for groups and bands — drums advised!

Castlebay is the main village on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

Categories: Celtic Music Contemporary Marches Difficulty: intermediate