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If you saw my previous post, you might think I didn’t enjoy being at State. I actually did enjoy myself quite a bit, taking in wonderful performances by students in small woodwind ensembles and solo flute. I wasn’t able to hear all the soloists, but following is a sampling of the solos performed, including 3 that were new to me!

Khachaturian, 3rd mvt. (Yes, a high schooler was playing this, with great articulation, nonetheless.)

Taktakishvili, 3rd mvt.

Doppler, Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy

Deutilleux, Sonatine

Gordon Jacob, Concerto

Hue, Fantasy

Gaubert, Fantasy

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I’ve often wished that some of the great flute solo literature was arranged for flute choir, since not all of us have a pianist willing and available to accompany us. Today I get my wish, at least in part, having recently read mention of the following arrangement of Mozart’s Andante in C for flute choir and soloist:

In my last post, I mentioned the app for IMSLP. I was about to buy some music, but tonight, I ended up finding a good portion of it on IMSLP. So. Cool. Thus far, I have downloaded and printed off 3 opuses (opi?) of Kuhlau duets, an opus of trios, the Reineke, and the Griffes. Why don’t I own these already, you ask? I don’t know. But at least I own both Mozart concertos and the French book. 😉

I also updated the Facebook page so that the blog will publish posts to it, and the Twitter page is still working, if those are your preferred methods of getting Flute Punch. Thanks for reading.

Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke of the Fabulous Flute Music Company have posted several videos on their Facebook page demonstrating body movements that naturally accompany phrases of various lengths and directions. These are meant to accompany their method book, THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK: A PATH TO ARTISTRY, but even if you don’t have the book (which has received rave reviews!), the videos are still helpful to see, particularly if you need help understanding what to do with your body while playing, or your accompanist is having difficulty following you.

A former professor of mine, Dr. Greg Yasinitsky, has written new compositions for flute – here’s excerpts of Ann Yasinitsky (also a former professor) performing the two pieces, “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra,” and “Magic” for flute and chamber orchestra. I had forgotten how brilliant Ann’s tone is!

I recently queried a listserv I belong to about books useful for working out in the low register of the flute. I thought it would be interesting to list their suggestions here along with their comments:

  • Building the Flute Tone from the Bottom Up – A Guide to Lip Flexibility by Robert K.Webb and Kathryn Webb Thorson. It has some great exercises for lip flexibility using harmonics in addition to interval work on the lower notes.
  • Moyse’s De La Sonorite is THE book to have. A cornerstone of the flutist’s
    library and in many people’s view, the “Bible” for tone and low register development.
  • Trevor Wye’s Practice Book for the Flute, Volune 1 – Tone. Great for low register tone studies and excellent comments by Trevor.
  • Emil Eck’s Tone Development for Flute for high school students

I haven’t yet previewed these myself, except for the Eck, which you can see a few pages of on Google Books. Pages are missing from the preview, granted, but I don’t think it keeps the player in the low register the entire time, which is what I would like to find in a true low register development book.

I’ve got IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library listed in the sidebar under “Free Music” but wanted to highlight it with a post, since a search for “Kuhlau” returned so many results. 

  1. Click here to go to the search results for Kuhlau
  2. Click on the title of the thing you want.
  3. On the page that comes up, near the top under “Music Files,” click the bolded link there. (It will probably say something like “parts 1 and 2.”) You’ll then be directed to a PDF you can save/print.

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