Flute Talk

Articles February 2011

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Interview:
Andras Adorjan, Music with Passion and Expression
“The combination of my father being a doctor, and no musical background in the family, made my mother determined that I should receive a degree in something where the diploma would automatically give me a way of earning money. At first I wasn’t too interested in dentistry, but the more I did it, the more I liked it. In fact I can well imagine having led a life as a dentist and an amateur musician!”
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Performance Guide:
Performance Guide: On Wings of Song, A Concerto for Piccolo
“As [Eric] Ewazen wrote the piece, I received the movements from him one at a time. I became convinced that tempo choices and their relationship to the tempos of the previous movement were very important. Even though he probably didn’t think of it consciously, it is quite clear in the music. It is a perfect case of the creative spirit moving in mysterious ways.”
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Garner's Random Thoughts:
The Flutist’s Guide To Better Intonation
“There was a time when the mere thought of altered fingerings was abhorrent to me. I must have thought flute fingerings were brought down from a mountain and inscribed on a stone tablet.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
But, I Hate Exercises!
“The problem is that many etude books move from key to key around the circle of fifths (Andersen for example). They move students to the next exercise before they are totally familiar with the key at hand.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Tips for Purchasing a Piccolo
"Start with where you will play this new instrument – exclusively indoors in a concert hall or outdoors for marching band. Price is the second consideration.”
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