Flute Talk

Articles July August 2011

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Interview:
The Energy of Maxim Rubtsov
Maxim Rubtsov is the Principal Flutist of the Russian National Orchestra who frequently performs in chamber ensembles and as a soloist. “Even though I began to play the flute when I was quite young I am still and always a dancer. I interpret music with my whole body. I do not find it possible to stand still.”
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Flute Events:
Convention in Charlotte
Each August thousands of flutists of all ages and playing abilities gather to celebrate their love for the instrument at the NFA convention. This year some of the finest performers and teachers in the world will provide concerts and presentations at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center and the Belk Theater. The exhibit hall is open daily from 10-5 and features the latest in instruments, music, and accessories.
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Roundtable Discussion:
My First Convention
Katherine Borst Jones, Maria Ramey, Phyllis Avidan Louke, Robert Dick, and Sandy Saathoff share memories of their first conventions and offer advice for newcomers.
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Teaching:
Turn Practice Into Play
“There is a segment of the population that understands practicing: children who play video games. They do not call it practicing, however, they say that they are beating levels of difficulty. In practicing the flute, that is exactly what we are trying to accomplish.”
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Practicing:
Back to Square One
Patricia George. “As the year progresses, I have less time for comprehensive practice sessions and bad habits begin to creep into my playing. I take the weeks between the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season to go back to square one, but you could do this at any time during the year.”
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Debost's Comments:
Gaston Crunelle (1898-1990)
“When he realized that I had never practiced any structured set of scales, he assigned me to learn by memory the Exercise No. 4 from the Taffanel & Gaubert 17 Daily Exercises for Flute – all the major and minor scales, that I teach to this day.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Piccolo Events in Charlotte
“Piccolo enthusiasts have many offerings to enjoy this year, including performances by national and international artists.”
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