Wednesday 1 June 2022

Tune of the Day: The Humors of Ballingarry

 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. It bears however a strong resemblance to the minor-mode tune “Molly's Favourite”, which first appeared in Patrick O'Flannagan's The Hibernia Collection (1860).

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Thursday 2 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in E major by Mercadante

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the eleventh 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 3 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the thirteenth 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
Saturday 4 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in E major by Gariboldi

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 5 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Palm Sunday

 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. It is also known as “Scully Casey's”, and is related to a similar jig titled “The Mariner's Frock”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Monday 6 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Giga by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in A minor

This is the third and final movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in A minor for flute and continuo, QV 1:149. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.

Categories: Baroque Jigs Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 7 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Allegro con spiritoso by Devienne

 from Flute Sonata in A major

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

The linguists among you will probably notice that the Italian tempo indication “Allegro con spiritoso” is grammatically wrong, and must have originated as a mix of the two correct forms “Allegro con spirito” and “Allegro spiritoso”.

Categories: Classical Sonatas Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 8 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the 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 Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Thursday 9 June 2022

Tune of the Day: The Road to Lurgan

 Traditional Irish jig

This tune is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. “The Road to Lurgan” is a member of a family of jigs mainly represented today in session play by “The Maid at the Spinning Wheel”. The oldest member of the family is probably The Wild Irishman, which can be found in English editions dating back to the mid-18th century.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: intermediate
Friday 10 June 2022

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

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the twelfth 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
Saturday 11 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D minor by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the fourteenth 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. 13.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Sunday 12 June 2022

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

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: advanced
Monday 13 June 2022

Tune of the Day: The Sheep on the Mountains

 Traditional Irish jig

This curiously-named tune is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Tuesday 14 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Allegro assai by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This is the opening movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in D major for flute and continuo, QV 1:42. 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 15 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Adagio by Devienne

 from Flute Sonata in A major

This lovely Adagio is the central movement of the fifth 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
Thursday 16 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the fourth 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 17 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Our Own Little Isle

 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 bears some resemblance, especially in the first strain, to another tune listed in the same collection, “The Joy of My Life”.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Saturday 18 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Caprice in A minor by Mercadante

 from “20 Caprices”

This is the thirteenth 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
Sunday 19 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D major by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the fifteenth 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
Monday 20 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in B major by Gariboldi

 from “15 Etudes modernes et progressives”

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

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 21 June 2022

Tune of the Day: The Straw Seat

 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
Wednesday 22 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Arioso by Quantz

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This is the central movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in D major for flute and continuo, QV 1:42. 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 23 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Martin Martin

 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.

This march is named after Martin Martin, a Gaelic-speaking native of Skye who in the late 17th century toured the Outer Isles (most notably the St Kilda archipelago) and wrote interestingly of his experiences.

Many thanks to Roddy for sharing his music with us! (And Happy 85th Birthday!)

Categories: Celtic Music Contemporary Marches Difficulty: easy
Friday 24 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “58 First Exercises”

This is the fifth 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 25 June 2022

Tune of the Day: The Flaxdresser

 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's source for this tune was Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down.

Categories: Jigs Traditional/Folk Difficulty: easy
Sunday 26 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Andante by Paul Merkus

 for flute and piano

Today's piece, written in 1985, was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, Paul Merkus from the Netherlands.

This Andante for flute and piano is one of my earliest pieces (as can be derived from the low opus number), and represents the first step in a discovery journey into the world of composition. It was written in the key of D minor, partly because D is a relatively easy note to play in tune (as a beginner on the flute).

After the exposition of the theme by the flute in the first eight bars, it is repeated by the piano. In the second part of this small piece, a somewhat more moving theme is offered, which is immediately transferred to the left hand of the piano. Finally, the last phrase contains a continuation of the opening theme, concluded with a Picardy cadence.

Categories: Contemporary Written for Flute Difficulty: easy
Monday 27 June 2022

Tune of the Day: Duet in D minor by Granom

 from “24 Duets”

This is the sixteenth 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. 15.

Categories: Baroque Written for Flute Difficulty: intermediate