History of Mozart’s Concerto in D Major

Although it may seem a bit trite to try to condense the history of such a prolific work, let alone the composer behind it, I wanted to stick our toes just a bit into the history of one of the most famous flute concerti, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for flute in G Major, K....

Composer of the month: Philippe Gaubert

Our composer of the month for May is the illustrious Philippe Gaubert, who was also a respected conductor and flute performer as well as composer of flute music. Considered by some to be a “weekend composer,” he nonetheless wrote several pieces that are still staples...

Stars and Stripes Forever!

I hope everyone has fun plans that keep you safe–and cool!–for the 4th of July holiday tomorrow! In honor of the holiday, I thought I would pass along some history on piccolo’s most famous solo: The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa....

Remembering Loretta Contino

This past Sunday, I had the honor of playing in a flute choir for the memorial service of former professor of flute at Butler University, Loretta Contino. Although I never studied privately with her, her legacy was still very strong at the time that I attended Butler,...

Robert Dick and Greg Pattillo Video

Here’s a link to a really cool video I just came across on youtube of Robert Dick and Greg Pattillo improvising.  I thought it would be appropriate since we have Eric Lamb’s clinic on extended technique coming up.  Check it out!

1949 Philadelphia Orchestra

This video from 1949 shows Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.  The flutist playing is William Kincaid, who was my teacher’s teacher.  Video here As I was watching the video, it struck me that Ormandy addressed the orchestra, saying...