Flute Talk

Articles February 2009

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Interview:
Professional Flute in Utah - An Interview with April Clayton
“Teaching, like everything else in her life, began at an extremely early age. ‘I’ve always loved teaching, although when I was young I didn’t plan to be a college professor. I just wanted to play the flute.’” During her first year on the B.Y.U. faculty, her graduate students were just one year younger than she was.
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Teaching:
Breathing
“One of the tenets of tubist Arnold Jacob was to sing a phrase in your head the way that you want to play it and then let your brain provide the air to do so. Joseph Mariano . . . called this playing on the air.”
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Performance Guide:
Alfredo Casella’s Sicilienne and Burlesque
“Written in 1914, Sicilienne and Burlesque represents a strange combination of French Impressionism, early Italian forms, and the Stravinsky of Rite and Petroushka.”
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Miscellaneous:
Writing for the Flute
Stillman interviewed composers to find out how they write for flute. “Dorff and Maggio initially write music they want to hear, later evaluating it for awkwardness. The flutists in the group, Higdon and Hoover, responded that they automatically consider idiomatic issues.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Robert Beasers Souvenirs
“There is something special about the delicacy of the instrument and the compressed sound of the piccolo against the sound of the piano that I find alluring. I never expected the range that it has – I would never have guessed. I love the piccolo’s low range. It has both vulnerability and power, but I love that vulnerable quality.”
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