Flute Talk

Articles November 2017

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Roundtable Discussion:
Composing For the Flute: Thoughts from Jennifer Higdon, Katherine Hoover, and Carter Pann
Three composers who have written notable works for the flute share their thoughts on their careers and compositions.
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Ask the Pro:
Moving the Jaw
Question: When breathing, should I move my jaw or tilt my skull back? If you have a question you would like answered, email us at [email protected]
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Repertoire:
Embellishing the Bach Allemande Repeats
“Although I was unsure how to approach the first movement Allemande in matters of both tempo and phrasing, I instinctively felt that too many flutists were playing it excessively fast, as if paying homage to the fiery brilliance of the Bach E Major Violin Prelude of Partita No. 3.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Fall Slump
At this time of year, students are busy with midterms, it is a few months into most orchestral seasons, and there is a sameness as the days and weeks go by. The days are getting shorter, the weather gets colder, and more time is spent inside. All of these things contribute to the fall flute blahs.
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Personal Perspective:
Lifelong Learning
In some instances, a wrong note executed with grace and style can be more welcome than a stale correct note. Be fascinating and tell a story through your music to captivate the audience.
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Flute Legends:
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre (1674-1761)
Besides being an excellent flutist and composer, Hotteterre wrote Principes de la Flūte which was the first tutor written especially for the flute.
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An Extra Hour:
An Extra Hour
What would you do with one extra hour of practice time each day?
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