The Nielsen flute Concerto was written for Holger Gilbert-Jespersen, the flautist of a wind quartet Nielsen had previously composed for. The piece is thought to reflect his changeable character, with tension, humour and anger alongside beautiful melodies. Here is a rehearsal of the first movement of one of my favourite pieces https://youtu.be/tSxy2Ezmurg
... it's not as scary as you think! Every time you learn a new piece of music you are sight reading - teachers and students shouldn't treat it as an intense part of the exam there's no way to prepare for Prepare in advance: Yes you can practise sight reading. Whether this is with pieces … Continue reading Sight reading…
There are different skills and attitudes for chamber groups and orchestras, but it is worth thinking about how you play with other people, no matter how many there are.
Time signatures can be confusing and are something your teacher should explain to you early on. However, as we encounter more and more time signatures, it is worth clarifying the theory and having a handy video to revise with! This is our general rule: Watch the video on beats, bars and time signatures then see … Continue reading Time Signatures
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. His great influence in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era created a legacy. Born in Bonn, Beethoven studied with major composer Joseph Haydn after moving to Vienna in his early twenties. He soon gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. In his late … Continue reading Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27th, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prodigy. He was a musician who could play many instruments and started performing in public at the age of 6. Facts: Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, composed in 1791, was left unfinished at the time of his death. He composed his Requiem … Continue reading Wolfgang Mozart (1756–1791)
Masterclasses are a fantastic way of gaining performance experience and feedback, however they can be intimidating! Here is a little guide to make the most of your first masterclass and go in with confidence: Choose music that you can play to performance level, unless a work in progress is asked for. Now is not the … Continue reading Masterclass Survival Tips
The basic fingering for the first and second register in a free, colourful download! flute-fingers-first-and-second-register Download the full pdf ^
The Baroque era's most famous composer, J.S Bach is known for his complicated and innovative style. He used counterpoint, the playing of multiple melodies simultaneously, and fugue, the repetition of a melody with slight variations, to create richly detailed compositions. The man had 20 children in his lifetime shared music with his children, some of whom … Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Introduction to tempo, Italian terms and metronome markings.