Flute Talk

Articles February 2014

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From the Masters:
Humor in Music
“I was an avid Spike Jones fan during my teenage years. I relished his no-holds-barred slapstick spoofing of the classics...Fortunately I never outgrew my penchant for musical humor, and to this day I can still appreciate well-chosen comedic touches in music, whether by the composer or the performer.”
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Interview:
Achieving Balance: A Conversation with Elizabeth Buck
“I hope students realize that there is nothing at all boring about etudes. They are musical snapshots. You do not get a panorama or landscape with etudes. It is just a snapshot for working out technical details in a musical way. Etudes help to cover style and musical expression, often well in advance of seeing such styles and expression in the standard repertoire.”
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Feature:
Breathing New Life into an Old Flute
“The wooden flute, often referred to as an Irish flute, is adapted from the 19th-century predecessor of the Boehm flute. When these flutes were abandoned by classical flutists in favor of the Boehm system, they were gradually adopted by traditional music community.”
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Profile:
A Conversation with the Minnesota Orchestra Flutists
Meet the members of the Minnesota Orchestra Flute Section and enjoy their insights into flute performance after a recent recital for the Upper Midwest Flute Association, Inc.
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The Teacher's Studio:
A Teacher or a Coach
“Outstanding teachers will have solidified or catalogued their thoughts on all the basics of flute playing. Michel Debost’s The Simple Flute is an excellent example of the depth of thought an excellent teacher puts into his playing and teaching.”
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Teaching:
Teaching in Dublin
“Having grown up in the States, I was a product of the marching band system. Although there are bands that perform at various functions and at athletic events in Ireland, marching bands are not as commonplace in the Republic of Ireland or in Europe in general, as they are in the US.”
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Miscellaneous:
What My Flute Means To Me

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