Flute Talk

Articles September 2012

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Interview:
From Stage to Studio, An Interview with John Thorne.
This fall John Thorne joins the faculty at Northwestern University as associate professor of flute. He shares some of his thoughts on playing and teaching flute. “I often find that it is helpful to analyze the inflection that we use in everyday speech as a way to remind students that music is also a language and should have just as much variety of expression and inflection. For it is this variety that serves as a constantly changing flow of sound that can keep an audience captivated.”
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History:
The Evolution of Rubato
“Rubato is a particularly effective expressive technique but is one that is not widely discussed or researched and therefore remains rather enigmatic to many musicians.”
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Performance Preparations:
The Game Plan
Performing a concerto with an orchestra or for a competition takes months of advance preparation. “Within each section, mark the phrases and study the contour of each one. One option is to draw the melodic contour or shape of each phrase above the notes in the music. Circle and label non-chord tones because these are the ones you want to color.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Improving Flute Choir Intonation
“Each flute choir rehearsal should begin with twenty to thirty minutes of unison warm-up because the first step in learning to play in tune is matching the interval of the unison and the octave.”
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Debost's Comments:
Studying the Etude
“Long etudes of 4, 5, or 6 pages are not realistic. They are deliberately repetitive, and monotony is the mother of boredom. In my later years, I have come to the conclusion that a 3- or 4-minute time span is the optimal length.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Dances Of Galanta by Zoltan Kodaly
“The sounds Kodaly remembered from childhood came to fruition in a composition forty years later.”
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Flute Events:
A Tribute to Walfrid Kujala

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Obituary:
George Koregelos (1927-2012

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