Flute Talk

Articles November 2012

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Interview:
From Baroque to Modern: A Flute for Every Period, An Interview with Wendy Rolfe
“Schaefer was fantastic at getting my sound focused, yet open. She said, ‘think of a pearshaped tone, with the stem of the pear coming out between your lips, and the large part of the pear in your throat.’”
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Analysis:
Tempo in Baroque Music
“Another important tempo clue is harmonic rhythm – the rate of harmonic change, or how frequently the chords change. Generally speaking, if the harmony changes only once every measure, then the tempo should be considerably faster than if it changes every beat.”
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Debost's Comments:
Pierre-Octave Ferroud (1900-1936)
“As a professor, I was often disappointed that flutists have little curiosity about the music they practice. I used to ask my students to research the title of their works-in-progress as a clue for interpretation.”
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History:
The Development of Flute Clubs in America
“The flute club movement in the United States began to take off in the 1920s, when Emil Medicus, editor of The Flutist, a magazine published only from 1920 to 1929, used his publication to encourage the formation of flute clubs in the United States and around the world.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Noisy Breathing
“One of our goals as teachers is to help student flutists create a lovely, musical performance in a recital or ensemble performance. Yet, so many times the performance is marred by noisy breathing.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Piccolo Tone and Vibrato Tips
“A good embouchure is one that directs the airstream in an efficient way to the headjoint.”
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