Flute Talk

Articles September 2011

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Interview:
Rachel Brown
Brown is professor of Baroque Flute at the Royal College of Music in London. She is known for her many performances and recordings and has published previously unknown Quantz sonatas. “I kept thinking that the G Major Concerto is pretty good, so why couldn’t 20 or 50 or 200 of his other works be pretty good too?”
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Analysis:
A Short Guide to the Baroque Sonata
A brief summary of Baroque music (1600-1750) with playing suggestions for Baroque sonatas.
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Performance Guide:
Gounod’s Petite Symphonie Mvt. II
The Petite Symphonie by Charles François Gounod was written for Paul Taffanel’s Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent, which Taffanel formed in Paris in 1878. It has become a standard in the chamber wind repertoire, but Gounod composed it more as a trifle of a work – a favor for his friend Taffanel.
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The Teacher's Studio:
Finding Your Sound
“Great sound days are celebrated and cherished, but for various reasons, most of us find that sound is good one day and not so great the next. The ultimate goal is to develop the perfect sound for each occasion and learn to use it consistently.”
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Feature:
Developing Tone Based on Feel
In working with a deaf flute student, Quiñones discovered not only tips for teaching hearing-impaired musicians, but also ideas that will help all flutists. “The discoveries I made working with Stephenson suggest that tone production is not only about hearing inaccuracies in playing but about feeling them as well. A heightened awareness of how notes feel as well as how they sound, might help hearing flutists improve their tone as well.”
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Garner's Random Thoughts:
A Competitive Spirit
“Some people believe that music should not be competitive. I would respond that is fine if you just want to play for your own enjoyment. However, if you want to make a living playing the flute, a competitive spirit is essential.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Steps to a Confident Performance
“Make sure your first sightreading of new material is slow enough so you are correctly reading the passages. Many times I have misread something while trying to save time by going too fast. ”
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