Here's what I've been practicing lately--or what I "should" be practicing, anyway...:)
- Long Tones (mid and low, chromatic three-note succession--no vibrato--with tuner and a mirror)
- Scales (all major, minor, and chromatic with varied articulations)
- Reichert No. 2 very slowly to work on my air stream, tone quality, and tuning.
- Duo for Flute and Piano by Aaron Copland: I'm really loving the third movement these days. Here's a nice recording.
- Tango Etudes by Astor Piazzolla: I've been dying to learn these since forever, so when they arrived in the mail today I got really excited!! Jose Valentino Ruiz performs no. 3 in this recording.
- Danse de la chevre by Arthur Honegger: An oldie but a goodie. I'm hoping to play this when Pipes and Keys visits local elementary schools and libraries. I know the kids will love the progression of the goat's day. :) Here's a nine-year-old playing it.
- Piece pour flute seule by Jaques Ibert: Yep...still working on this one. Love this video.
- Sunday Morning by Ian Clarke: I finally purchased the sheet music to this piece and will play it during a service at my father's church. It's fairly simple to learn--very repetitive. The most challenging aspects are the "same note trills" which aren't actually that bad once you coordinate the fingerings and get used to the required air placement. You can listen to a short clip on Clarke's website.
Elysia and I have been working on several duets together to perform locally and hopefully to record. We have three or four duet collections, the Kuhlau Three Duets, Op.10, and The Bach Partita "Ghost" by Gary Schocker. You can like us on Facebook to keep up with our latest performances and videos!
Whew!! That was a lot! I can say that after looking through my music, writing all of it down, and searching for great recordings, that I'm ready to hit the ground running! What is on your music stand on this fine Monday?? I'd love to hear about it.
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