Sunday 1 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Andante molto by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in C major

This the second movement of Partita No. 6 in C 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 2 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the ninth piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 3 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the eleventh 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
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Blackeyed Biddy

 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.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Thursday 5 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in B minor by Mercadante

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the eighth piece from a collection of 20 Capricci by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It is not certain when these caprices were composed, but scholars tend to associate them with Mercadante's early years in Naples, between 1811 and 1814.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 6 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by Devienne

 from “Nouvelle Méthode pour la flûte”

This duet is the closing movement of the third Sonata for two flutes included in the Nouvelle Méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte by French flutist and composer François Devienne.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 7 May 2022

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

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

Today we propose the seventh piece from 15 Etudes modernes, élégantes et progressives by Italian Romantic flutist Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 8 May 2022

Tune of the Day: The Jolly Corkonian

 Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this jig under the title “The Jolly Corkonian” is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. In Irish Folk Music, O'Neill identifies the tune as “the original of the march the Scotch call ‛The Hills of Glenorchy’”; this is probably inaccurate, however, as the latter march appears in Scottish collections dating back to the early 1800s.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 9 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Un poco Presto by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in C major

This the third movement of Partita No. 6 in C 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 10 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the tenth piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in G minor by Fürstenau

 from “26 Exercises”

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

In this piece the exact speed of the arpeggios is left open to the player. It is essential, however, that the final note is reached in time.

Categories: Etudes Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 12 May 2022

Tune of the Day: The Shepherd and the Shepherdess

 Traditional English tune

This tune was found by English folk group Boldwood among the unpublished manuscripts in the Vaughan Williams Library, Cecil Sharp House, London. They recorded it in their 2007 album, Feet Don't Fail Me Now.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 13 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Com'è bello

 from “Lucrezia Borgia”, transcribed for solo flute

The popular romanza “Com'è bello” (meaning “How lovely”) is part of the prologue of the 1833 opera Lucrezia Borgia by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The present transcription for solo flute was published in Milan by Ricordi, probably not long after the opera premiered at La Scala theater.

Thanks to Joe for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Arias Opera excerpts Romantic Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 14 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Allegro poco vivace by Devienne

 from “Nouvelle Méthode pour la flûte”

This duet is the opening movement of the fourth Sonata for two flutes included in the Nouvelle Méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte by French flutist and composer François Devienne.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 15 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

Today we propose the eighth piece from 15 Etudes modernes, élégantes et progressives by Italian Romantic flutist Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 16 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Willy Walsh's Jig

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig appears to be unique to Francis O'Neill's 1903 and 1907 collections Music of Ireland and The Dance Music of Ireland. Other tunes exist, however, which share the first half of “Willy Walsh's Jig”, such as “The Dandy Scholar”, “The Merry Maiden”, and “The Wandering Minstrel”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 17 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in A major by Mercadante

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the ninth piece from a collection of 20 Capricci by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It is not certain when these caprices were composed, but scholars tend to associate them with Mercadante's early years in Naples, between 1811 and 1814.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 18 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D minor by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the eleventh piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.

In a performance setting, this piece is intended to be played sandwiched between two instances of the preceding Duet No. 10.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 19 May 2022

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

 from “26 Exercises”

Today we propose the nineteenth 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 20 May 2022

Tune of the Day: The Boys of the Town

 Traditional Irish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. A similar jig had previously appeared, under the same name, in the 1890 edition of P.W. Joyce's Ancient Irish Music.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Saturday 21 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Two Menuets by Tromlitz

 from Flute Partita in C major

These two minuets constitute the fourth movement of Partita No. 6 in C 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
Sunday 22 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Largo by Devienne

 from “Nouvelle Méthode pour la flûte”

This Largo is the central movement of the fourth Sonata for two flutes included in the Nouvelle Méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte by French flutist and composer François Devienne.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Monday 23 May 2022

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

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

Today we propose the ninth piece from 15 Etudes modernes, élégantes et progressives by Italian Romantic flutist Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 24 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Petticoat Loose

 Traditional Irish jig

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

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Wednesday 25 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in F-sharp minor by Mercadante

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the tenth piece from a collection of 20 Capricci by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It is not certain when these caprices were composed, but scholars tend to associate them with Mercadante's early years in Naples, between 1811 and 1814.

Categories: Classical Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Thursday 26 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the twelfth piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 27 May 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in A major by Gariboldi

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

Today we propose the tenth piece from 15 Etudes modernes, élégantes et progressives by Italian Romantic flutist Giuseppe Gariboldi.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Saturday 28 May 2022

Tune of the Day: The Banks of Allan

 Traditional Scottish jig

The earliest known appearance of this tune is in a collection published by musician Thomas Calvert in 1799 in Kelso, Scottish Borders.

The river Allan is a tributary of the Firth of Forth that flows through Perthshire and Stirlingshire before it empties into the Forth near the town of Bridge of Allan.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy