Flute Talk

Articles April 2011

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Interview:
Hollywood Flutist Louise DiTullio
“My father was an excellent cello teacher, and he basically had more influence on me than any of my flute teachers....[He] had access to all of the great musicians in the studios, and whenever he heard something lacking in my playing, he would go to the flutist at the studio who he felt did that particular thing the best, pick their brains, and then come home and work with me.”
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Profile:
Gaubert Vivant
French flutist, Nicolas Duchamp has embarked on a world tour in which he shares the music of Philippe Gaubert and plays on Gaubert’s flute, built in 1874. “When I first saw the flute, it was in horrible condition. The case was completely broken. I went to a flute repair specialist and checked if it was real. We looked in the register and confirmed that it was legitimate.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Big Recital
“While some of the legendary performers chose programs in which they played all the Bach Sonatas or Telemann Fantasias, this is not the best choice for a novice.”
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Advice for Students:
Am I Prepared For My Lesson
“Be your own best teacher. Have respect for yourself, your teacher, and most importantly, the music. Use lesson time for reaching new levels, not fixing basic errors that should be solved in the practice room.”
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Editor's Note:
A Decade to Celebrate
“After being in the job a few months, I remember telling my husband, Andy, that I felt smarter. When we both stopped laughing, I explained that the requirements of the job were making me learn to think in a more critical way than I had in the past.”
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Advice for Students:
Remedies for Style and Phrasing
“All notes within a phrase are not created equal. Many flutists give each note within a phrase the same weight or emphasis. This creates a monotone melody void of musical expression.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Thoughts on Piccolo Intonation
“Another problem though is overcompensation. Too often we think the note in question might be out of tune and make unnecessary adjustments.”
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