Five great books for Mother’s Day.
Make her day by playing her one of these wonderful pieces! Geoff Eales: Song For My Mother for Flute and Piano There are very few mothers who wouldn’t love to have this laid-back piece played to them. Geoff Eales has managed to capture love and gratitude in one simple melody – perfect! Difficulty Guide: 6-7 […]
Five Great Classical Flute Concertos that aren’t by Mozart.
There are plenty of other lovely Classical flute concertos to explore. Here are five flute and piano arrangements of the best! This blog was originally posted in 2016 and has been updated for 2023 Joseph Haydn: Concerto in D major for Flute and Strings This little known D major Concerto by Haydn which has also […]
Five fabulous study books for flute
Need a practice re-set? Look no further than these imaginative studies guaranteed to get you thinking! Aleksey Igudesman: Magical Spells for Solo Flute These ten short pieces are really quite difficult and they are certainly different. There are some that require good tonal inflection, such as ‘Open Sesame!’ others like’ Izzy wizzy, lets get busy!’ […]
The Five Best Christmas Playalongs for Flute
Playalongs are great at Christmas as they make good presents and are fun to play. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous selection. Complilation: Play Happy Christmas for Flute and Piano This lovely book is pitched at just the right level for all those young players who started the flute in September. The most popular […]
NFA New Music Competition: Selection of Flute and Piano Winners
Enjoy these five astonishingly good pieces and expand your horizons. Stephane Vande Ginste: Sonata This Sonata is worth the cover price for the second movement alone which is a beautiful mix of enigmatic melody and jazz-like harmonies. The outer movements are good too, with an opening scherzando full of syncopated energy and angular phrases, and […]
It’s International Women’s Day!
In our annual post we celebrate great flute music by wonderful female composers (the arrangers are good too)! Cecile Chaminade arranged Dana Joras: Three Pieces for Flute and Piano If you love the music of Chaminade try these three delightful arrangements. Dano Joras is a flute player herself which means that the melodic lines are […]
Melt the Winter Blues Away with Heart-Warming Romanticism
These delightful pieces will get you playing from the heart. Lothar Kempter: Ballade for Flute and Piano If you have ever wished that Brahms had written something for flute and piano, you may enjoy this beautiful piece. It is proper, passionate “heart-on-your-sleeve” Romantic music – full of drama and colour, it ebbs and flows towards […]
New Year, New You
January is the ideal time to hone your skills and try out new ideas. Try these recommended books to set you on your way. Wil Offermans: Improvisation Calendar for Flute Presented in the form of a calendar, these 52 graphic scores (one for each week) consist of drawings that range from something as simple as […]
International Women’s Day – Fabulous Works by Female Composers
Women composers are coming to the fore – and about time too! Let’s celebrate with these beauties. Flute Music by Female Composers, edited by Weinzierl and Wachter This is a veritable “who’s who” of women who have and still are writing for the flute. With repertoire ranging from the Baroque music of Anna Amalia of […]
Exploring the new ABRSM 2018 Flute Syllabus: Grade 5
Blog snapshot – my recommendations at a glance! 300 Years of Flute Music Drouet: Rondeau from Sonata in A minor (Three Little Sonatas) Frederick the Great: Allegro assai from Sonata in A minor, Spitta No. 21 Giuseppe Rabboni: Sonata No 10 in D minor from Sonatas for Flute and Piano Sunrise, Sunset from Roll Over Bach […]