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Flute Sonata in A minor HWV 374 Allegro by George F Handel

Flute Sonata in A minor HWV 374 Allegro by George F HandelFlute Sonata in A minor HWV 374 Allegro by George F HandelThe difficulty lies in the conversation you can portray and the musical direction of the repeated notes and phrasing, they are everywhere and unless...

Arabesque No 1 by Claude Debussy

Arabesque No 1  by Claude DebussyArabesque by Claude DebussyMs. de la Pejaudie is the last of the four pieces and is dedicated to Gaubert. The first three are themed on mythology like the God Pan. Arabesque in musical terms refers to changes in tempo and highly...

Ms. de la Pejaudie by Albert Roussel

Monsieur de la Pejaudie  by Albert RousselMonsieur de la Pejaudie by Albert RousselMs. de la Pejaudie is the last of the four pieces and is dedicated to Gaubert. The first three are themed on mythology like the God Pan. Ms. de la Pejaudie is the hero of Henri de...

J. S. Bach – Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056 Largo

Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056 largo by J. S. BachConcerto in F Minor BWV 1056 J.S.Bach- LargoThis Largo, also called Arioso by Bach from the harpsichord concerto is the other piece I have loved from a far for a very long while. I finally decided to play and record it....

Lucio Dalla – Caruso

Caruso by Lucio DallaCaruso by Lucio DallaThe song simply tells about the pain and longings of a man who is about to die while he is looking into the eyes of a girl who was very dear to him. The lyrics contain various subtle references to people and places in Caruso's...

Francesco Sartori – Time to Say Goodbye

Time to Say Goodbye by Francesco SartoriTime to say goodbye by Francesco Sartori"Con te partirò" (Italian: [kon ˈte ppartiˈrɔ]; "With You I Shall Depart") is an Italian song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first performed by...

Takatsugu Muramatsu – The Voice of an Angel

The Voice of an Angel by Takatsugu MuramatsuThe Voice of an Angel by TakaTsugu MuramatsuAngel is probably my favourite vocalisation and just an example of how gravitation to playing melodies has really helped me develop my tone , style and voice. Part of that voice is...

Claude Debussy – Petite Suite En Bateau

Petite Suite En Bateau by Claude DebussyPetite Suite: En Bateau by Claude Debussy 1685 - 1759One third of the art songs Debussy composed were settings of the poems of Paul Verlaine (1844-1896).  The first movements of the Petite suite are drawn from two poems of...

George Frideric Handel – HWV374 Sonata in A Minor

Sonata in A Minor HWV374 by George Frideric HandelAllegroSonata in A Minor by George Frideric HAndel 1685 - 1759George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas,...

Stephen Preston on Baroque Performance

 The Baroque period of performance can be quite challenging for a Boehm system player. Our flute offers so much beauty tone wise but can make things more difficult for us ornamentation wise. I have wanted to do a blog on performance in Baroque music for a long time,...
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

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...

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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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Sonata in E major BWV1035 by J. S. Bach

Sonata in E major BWV 1035 for Flute and Continuo  by J.S. Bach 1685-1750Adagio Ma Non TantoAdagio ma non tanto is the first movement of the E Major SonataThis movement to me is quite vocal in melodic line and I approach it as such. I use this movement to help...

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Guides

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

Example Guide The Serious Doll by Edward Elgar

the serious doll by Edward Elgar 1857-1934the serious doll by edward elgar 1857-1934 Why Choose The Serious DollI have chosen to play from the piano version of this Suite. I have taken the right-hand melodic line. The reason I have chosen this melody apart, from the...

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Pieces Guide: Claude Debussy – Syrinx

Pieces Guide:Syrinx by Claude Debussy 1862-1918Syrinx by Claude Debussy 1862-1918Why Choose Syrinx by Claude Debussy?“Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.”  Although the solo flute can create a wide...

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Tone Development Through Interpretation No 09

Tone Development Through InterpretationMarcel Moyse No 9 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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Example Guide Claude Debussy – Syrinx

Pieces Guide:Syrinx by Claude Debussy 1862-1918Syrinx by Claude Debussy 1862-1918Why Choose Syrinx by Claude Debussy?“Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.”  Although the solo flute can create a wide...

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Foundation Tools Vocalisations

Foundation Tools: VocalisationsBy Eileen Gilligan These are the Harmonics tools for the foundation of flute playing. We will add to them over time but start with the following:  The links at the bottom of the page take you to additional pages focused on the Core...

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