Flute Talk

Articles April 2015

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Interview:
Early Music: A Conversation With Barthold Kuijken
“I could say that traverso is exactly the same as modern flute, and everything is different. The principle of course is the same: traverso and modern flute are both flutes. You have an embouchure, finger holes, and a tube. That is about it, as far as how they are absolutely similar.”
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Flute Clinic:
Reflections on Inspiration and Spontaneity, Part 2
“Debussy’s Syrinx has had more than its fair share of abuse regarding spontaneity, and much has been said on the topic. Even though it is a solo flute piece I cannot think of a single reason why Syrinx should sound like a free improvisation; Syrinx is as carefully wrought as a complex algebra equation.”
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Performance Preparations:
Working with a Harpist
“While playing under tempo in early practice sessions, take the opportunity to check that rhythms in the flute and harps parts are fitting together perfectly. Listen for intonation and for melodic material in the harp part, which might be hidden by the flute’s dynamics or range.”
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Advice for Students:
A Time of Reflection
“The flute is typically a melodic instrument, so it is possible to go through the basic high school lesson curriculum easily and to progress well without having to think much about harmony.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
What I Wished I Had Known Before I Entered the Conservatory
“I wish I had been more of a team player. I loved the moments when I could soar above the orchestra in Leonore, play the cadenza in Petrushka, or the solo in Piston’s The Incredible Flutist; however, I was rude to my fellow woodwind colleagues in playing the tutti sections.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Vibrato
“The artistic application of vibrato on piccolo will be slightly different than on flute. In general, piccolo vibrato will be a little faster and narrower than flute vibrato.”
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Idea Exchange:
PERF (Piccolo Extended Range Fingering)

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