Flute Talk

Articles May 2009

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Interview:
Musings with Jean-Pierre Rampal
“I worked very hard, but in some ways, that made me a poor student. I tried to do every single thing that my teachers suggested. I wanted to learn what they were all about, but it is easy to lose your own voice that way.”
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Performance Guide:
Cynthia Folios Arca Sacra
“The opening line includes pitch bending, which creates a Native American flute sound. I also had the Japanese shakuhachi, North Indian bansuri, and jazz in mind.”
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Masterclass Series:
Lessons for the Director
“No director wants his band to breathe on every bar line. However, beginning flutists usually do so. Musical and artistic breathing involves learning to control the air stream in order to play long phrases.”
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Practicing:
Symmetrical Scales in French Flute Repertoire
“French composers influenced by impressionism favored whole-tone, octatonic, and hexatonic scales and patterns, called symmetrical scales, which created a dreamlike musical atmosphere.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Bernstein's Overture to Candide
This overture is fun to play because it encapsulates the excitement and verve of the full operatic score in about four minutes time.
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Personal Perspective:
Strawberry Fields Forever

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Music:
Allegro Moderato from Sonata I, Op. II
This flute duet is also available as a PDF file to download in Online Extras.
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