Flute Talk

Articles May June 2011

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Debost's Comments:
Johann Sebastian Bach Facsimiles
“In the two flourishes at end of the sixth and thirteenth bars, the copyist added a G natural, canceling the G#. Perhaps this was the practice, lost today, that accidentals did not always carry through the bar.”
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Performance Guide:
Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Bizet’s Minuet is a classic gem that is often used for orchestral auditions, so students should take the time to learn it well. “The accents in the B section of the piece are actually called little diminuendos. They should be played as if you are saying the word Die, Die, Die.”
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Performance Guide:
F.T. Classic Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
This article from the first year of Flute Talk, offers additional suggestions for playing the Minuet and will be especially useful for more advanced players who wish to take their performance to a higher level.
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Ask Patricia George:
The First Lesson
“When lecturing, look at their eyes. If the eyes go up, then they are thinking. If the eyes meet you straight on, they are taking in information, but if the eyes go down, they are in an emotional state and no information is being received.”
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Interview:
Teacher and Performer: Francesca Arnone
“I try to make sure my students have plenty of opportunities. I believe that anyone who is a music major will be teaching in some capacity, so it is just smart to have them doing that in their college years.”
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Teaching:
Inspired by Improv
After exploring comedic improv, Thackston adapted the techniques to create solo and group improvisation exercises for musicians. “Improvisation is a tool that helps musicians find greater nuance in our playing.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Huylebroeck’s Kay El’leM Sonata for Piccolo and Piano
Kay El’LeM has proved to be a perfect piece to convince a large audience that the piccolo is a respectable recital instrument.
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