Flute Talk

Articles October 2010

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Interview:
East Meets West in Flutist and Composer Su Lian Tan
“I think I was probably the only music doctoral candidate at Princeton who danced at their oral exams. I wanted to show the sensuality attached to the gamelan, and how together the dance and music made a single whole.”
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Performance Guide:
Flute Solo from the Brahms Symphony 4, Final Movement
“There are many wonderful moments for the flute in the orchestral music of the Romantic period, but few are as stunning as the flute solo in the Finale of Brahms’ Symphony #4.”
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Teaching:
Competitions: Preparation for a Successful Performance
“While an evening gown is probably overkill, khakis and a sweater may be too casual. Many times I have heard judges comment that one finalist or another had exceptional stage presence; it makes a difference.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Reflections On Music Camp
“The first player gets to make the choices about dynamics, tone color, tempo, style, vibrato, and length of a note, and the second flutist’s job is to implement those choices, whether they agree or not.”
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Debost's Comments:
Slam and Squeeze and Grasping
“The flute is not a percussion instrument. It’s like a cat: when you pat it, it purrs. But when you brutalize it, watch out for bites and scratches”
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Let's Talk Picc:
What 30 Minutes for 30 Days can do for your Piccolo Playing
“Many people do not practice piccolo consistently and wonder why they have trouble. The first thing you can do to improve your piccolo playing is commit to daily practice for about 30 minutes.”
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