Flute Talk

Articles May 2013

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Interview:
Performing Contemporary Music: An Interview with Patricia Spencer
“The interaction with composers can get pretty hairy as they are often nervous about the birth of a new piece. The rehearsals also provide a wonderful opportunity for musical growth and technical development.”
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Best Lesson Ever:
Why Harmony Matters
“A good practice idea is to play the chords while singing the flute part at a variety of tempos. Watch what happens to your sense of flow in the music.”
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Feature:
The Birth of a Chamber Ensemble
“If you are contemplating starting an ensemble, build a wish list early in your musical career noting which repertoire you want to perform, what style period you wish to focus upon, what the instrumentation of the group might be, who you would like to perform with, and the location where you wish to perform.”
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Debost's Comments:
Variations on One Note
“Boehm’s main concept was to create a tube where each hole produced a half-step rather than a whole-step. Previously chromatic notes required combinations of multiple fingers, resulting in a charming unevenness and daunting complexity.”
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Career Advice:
You’re Hired: Preparing to Win a College Teaching Job
“In the final round expect a long day; stamina is key to success. For example, my audition day started at 8:00 a.m. and went straight through to 10:00 p.m.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Footjoint
“It is very likely the next innovation in setting up a flute will be the footjoint.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
A Blog from Two Cities: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony
Everyone has his way of preparing for a big solo, and none is perhaps more steeped in legend and lore for piccolo players than Tchai-kovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Here are the perspectives of two players, one from each coast, as they prepare for their concerts.
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