Gariboldi’s 20 Little Etudes

If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for a good medium-sized, easy-intermediate, interesting and fun book of etudes for growing flute players. Since I have the unique opportunity of working with students and players of all levels, but mostly middle...

Composer of the month: Giulio Briccialdi

August’s composer of the month is Giulio Briccialdi, thought of as one of the finest and most virtuostic flutists in history. He was and is still known as “the Paganini of the flute,” Paganini being one of the most famous violinists to this day. He was a...

NFA convention FOMO

The National Flute Association annual convention, held in beautiful Salt Lake City this year, starts on Thursday, and unfortunately I will not be attending this year. My daughter was born in April and I have just returned to work, so making the trip just wasn’t...

Paul Taffanel

Our composer of the month for July is yet another important member of the French flute school and arguably one of the founders of that, Paul Taffanel. He was also a conductor, performer, and a prolific chamber musician. He played a very important role in re-vamping...

Density 21.5

Whether you are a fan of atonal music or prefer to stick with the more melodic side of things (I will unashamedly admit I am of the latter party), you are probably familiar with what has traditionally been known as the most famous atonal work for flute, “Density 21.5”...

Composer of the month: Franz Doppler

For our composer of the month of June, we’re featuring Franz Doppler, who was both a flute performer and composer of several well-known flute works. In fact, he was one of the leading performers and composers (of flute music specifically) of the Romantic era. He wrote...