Flute Talk

Articles September 2008

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Interview:
The Road Less Taken: An Interview with Don Bailey
From Italy to Manhattan, Bailey has performed his way around the world while earning degrees in psychology and working as a computer consultant.
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Performance Guide:
Jules Mouquet’s La Flute de Pan, “Pan et les Bergers”
Mouquet taught harmony at the Paris Conservatoire after graduating from that institution. Like most French composers of his day, he was entirely smitten with anything Greek.
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Debost's Comments:
Poetic and Practical Prokofiev
“The Prokofiev Sonata requires endurance, a sense of construction, strong instrumental skills, and maturity. I often wonder if, out of love and admiration, [it] is not assigned too soon to inexperienced flutists.”
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Advice for Students:
Albert Tipton’s Top 10 Contest Tips
Tipton, an accomplished orchestral player and teacher, felt that “students entering a competition could benefit more from the experience if they were aware of the judges’ aims as well as their own.”
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Teaching:
First Look at a New Score
“Moss Hart commented that the best actors use little or no expression in early readings. As the character evolves, the actor explores how to bring the role to life. This is good advice for musicians also.”
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Jazz Clinic:
Interpreting a Melody In the Jazz Style
“Players’ ears have to be developed to such a degree that they can recreate what they hear on recordings. I started by singing the melodies and solos on jazz records – note for note.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Ballet
“Although it is famous today, Swan Lake was panned in the Petersburgsky Listok by a critic who wrote, ‘Swan Lake will hardly become a repertoire ballet and no one will regret it.’”
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