Flute Talk

Articles September 2009

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Interview:
Gergely Ittzés
“The idea of conforming to one ideal sound is a bit too stiff for me. Even worse is playing standard repertoire such as a Bach sonata, or the Mozart or Reinecke concerto, with the same approach that you would play an orchestral part.”
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Teaching:
Back to School
“We should support local music programs by planning our schedules around community events; this avoids putting students in the awkward position of having to choose between commitments.”
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Idea Exchange:
Planning a Flute Festival
“Start preparation early enough so when presenters back out or venues cause problems, there is sufficient time to 1. get hysterical, 2. have a drink, 3. consider other options, and 4. resolve the problem.”
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Administration:
Developing Studio Policies
“Written studio policies allow you to clearly and professionally communicate your expectations on topics such as attendance, payments, and practice time.”
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Programming:
Flute and Clarinet Together
“Practicing scales and melodies together is time well spent. When unisons sound in tune, work in octaves. You will be surprised at how much more difficult it is to play octaves in tune with a clarinet than it is to play them in tune with another flute.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
The Waiting Game - Stratagies for Tacets
“Piccolo players frequently have to wait long periods of time for entrances, and then usually the entrance is a very exposed solo.”
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Debost's Comments:
Souvenir de Prague
“Flutists love the buzz. The louder the better, they think. But listeners are expecting a greater variety of moods and are not impressed by frenetic loudness.”
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