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Gary Schocker – Regrets and Resolutions

Regrets & Resolutions by Gary SchockerRegrets and Resolutions by Gary SchockerGary Schocker American flute player is also a pianist, harpist, prolific composer and a talented teacher.Born into a musical family in Easton, Pennsylvania, Schocker began his musical...

Concerto de Aranjuez Adagio Theme by Joaquin Rodrigo

Concerto de Aranjuez: Adagio Theme by Joaquin RodrigoConcerto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo 1901-1999Joaquin Rodrigo was born on November 22, 1901 in Sagunto, Valencia, Spain. At the age of three, Rodrigo contracted Diphtheria, due to which he almost lost his...

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune by Claude DebussyClair de lune by claude debussy Claude Debussy was born as Achille-Claude Debussy. He is one of the most notable and influential French musical composers that has ever lived. At the turn of the 20th century he was one of the most...

Schindler’s List by John Williams

Schindler's List by John WilliamsB ackground In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of...

Romance Op 23 by Amy Beach

Romance Op 23 by Amy BeachBackground Known as the first female composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra (her “Gaelic” Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896), she was also one of the first U.S. composers to have her music be...

Conversation in music performance.

There is so much that goes into interpreting a composer’s wishes. One aspect which is intertwined with storytelling is the conversations between musical parts. The Mel Bonis sonata for flute first movement is a beautiful example of the importance of being aware of the...

Flute Sonata Andantino Con Moto by Mel Bonis

Flute Sonata Andantino Con Moto by Mel BonisBackground Mel Bonis started to compose at the age of 16 and at this age she was also introduced to César Franck who gave her piano lessons and showed a great interest in her first compositions. At 17 she attended the...

Fantasie Op 79 by Gabriel Faure

Fantasie Op 79 by Gabriel FaureBackground The Fantasie was commissioned by and dedicated to Paul Taffanel in 1898 for the "Concours de flute", a flute competition held by the Conservatoire de Paris. Taffanel, who took over a flute class in 1893, regularly commissioned...

Pavane Op 50 by Gabriel Faure

Pavane Op 50 by Gabriel FaureBackground The work was written for orchestra, but Faure went on to pen an arrangement that included a choir, although only the original version remains in regular performance today. It’s thought that Fauré probably added the chorus at the...

Story Telling in a Flute Performance

There are a few different ways and aspects to storytelling as a performer. Firstly , the player should endeavour to understand the composer, his life and any information about the piece they are playing. Secondly, use a backtrack or recording to understand the piano...
Conversation in music performance.

Conversation in music performance.

There is so much that goes into interpreting a composer’s wishes. One aspect which is intertwined with storytelling is the conversations between musical parts. The Mel Bonis sonata for flute first movement is a beautiful example of the importance of being aware of the...

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Conversation in music performance.

Story Telling in a Flute Performance

There are a few different ways and aspects to storytelling as a performer. Firstly , the player should endeavour to understand the composer, his life and any information about the piece they are playing. Secondly, use a backtrack or recording to understand the piano...

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Learning from Baroque

Learning from Baroque

Listening to artists and recordings that make one think as a player and musician. Baroque period performance and its challenges for a Boehm system player. I like to continually question and open my mind and musicality to new thoughts and possible directions. It really...

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Pieces

Here are a some of the flute pieces.

Hope you enjoy them

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune by Claude DebussyClair de lune by claude debussy Claude Debussy was born as Achille-Claude Debussy. He is one of the most notable and influential French musical composers that has ever lived. At the turn of the 20th century he was one of the most...

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Schindler’s List by John Williams

Schindler's List by John WilliamsB ackground In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of...

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Romance Op 23 by Amy Beach

Romance Op 23 by Amy BeachBackground Known as the first female composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra (her “Gaelic” Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896), she was also one of the first U.S. composers to have her music be...

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Flute Sonata Andantino Con Moto by Mel Bonis

Flute Sonata Andantino Con Moto by Mel BonisBackground Mel Bonis started to compose at the age of 16 and at this age she was also introduced to César Franck who gave her piano lessons and showed a great interest in her first compositions. At 17 she attended the...

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Fantasie Op 79 by Gabriel Faure

Fantasie Op 79 by Gabriel FaureBackground The Fantasie was commissioned by and dedicated to Paul Taffanel in 1898 for the "Concours de flute", a flute competition held by the Conservatoire de Paris. Taffanel, who took over a flute class in 1893, regularly commissioned...

read more

Pavane Op 50 by Gabriel Faure

Pavane Op 50 by Gabriel FaureBackground The work was written for orchestra, but Faure went on to pen an arrangement that included a choir, although only the original version remains in regular performance today. It’s thought that Fauré probably added the chorus at the...

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Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Giacomo PucciniPuccini started writing the opera Turandot in 1920, after being inspired by the 18th-century play Turandot by Count Carlo Gozz. however he died before finishing so the opera was completed by Franco Alfano.‘Nessun Dorma’ is...

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Memories and Heartbeats by Jon Raybould

Memories and Heartbeats by Jon RaybouldMemories and Heartbeats by Jon Raybould Jon Raybould is based in central England has been a flutist and music teacher for over 40 years. After studying flute at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the late 1970s, he became a...

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Divertissement Grec by Philippe Gaubert

Divertissement Grec by Philippe Gaubert 1879-1941Divertissement Grec by Philippe Gaubert 1879-1941Beginning with Paul Taffanel and the introduction of the silver Boehm system flute in the mid- nineteenth century, the French Flute School of flute playing refers to the...

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Guides

Here are a number of guides for flute pieces. Some are restricted to subscription members.

Tone Development Through Interpretation No 47a

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse No 47a Extract from Oberon by Carl Maria von WeberPurpose of These StudiesThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato, colour and suppleness by...

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Tone Development Through Interpretation No 02

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse Number 2 Extract from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano DonizettiPurpose of These StudiesThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato, colour and...

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Tone Development Through Interpretation No 61

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse Number 61 Extract from Werther Entr’acte Act 4 by Jules Massenet Purpose of These StudiesThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato, colour and...

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Tone Development Through Interpretation No 65

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse Number 65 Extract from Mors et Vita by Charles GounodPurpose of These StudiesThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato, colour and suppleness...

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Tone Development Through Interpretation No 04

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse Number 4: Air Russe  Purpose of These ExtractsThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato, colour and suppleness by exploring operatic arias and...

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Babel Flute Guide Lensky’s Aria by Peter Tchaikovsky

Pieces Guidelensky's aria by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskylensky's aria by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840-1893Why Choose Lensky's Aria by Peter Tchaikovsky?Listening to a vocal interpretation of this Aria is so helpful to understanding this musically. The Aria calls for a...

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Babel Flute Tone Development No 33

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse Number 33 Extract from The Last Rose of Summer transcribed by Edward BuntingPurpose of These StudiesThe Tone development Through Interpretation by Marcel Moyse is a series of extracts that study expression, vibrato,...

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Babel Flute Morceau de Concours by Gabriel Faure

Pieces Guide:Morceau de Concours by Gabriel FaureThe Piece: Morceau de Concours by Gabriel Fauré. 1845-1924Why choose Morceau de Concours?Working through “Tone Development Through Interpretation” by Marcel Moyse has been invaluable to gain tonal clarity and phrasing...

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Pieces Guide John Rutter – Suite Antique

Pieces Guide:Suite Antique    by John RutterThe Piece: John Rutter: Suite Antique  AriaChansonThe Guide: John Rutter Suite Antique   Suite Antique is a 1979 concertante work written for harpsichord, flute and string orchestra. Rutter composed the...

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Pieces Guide Gabriel Faure – Apes un Reve

Pieces GuideApes un reve (After a Dream) by Gabriel FaureApes un Reve by Gabriel Faure 1845-1924Why Choose Apes un reve by Gabriel Faure? It is so important to tell a story with all performances. Some are easier to decipher than others. Making the effort to really...

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