The Flute

Anna Bon di Venezia

Anna Bon di Venezia by Anja WeinbergerTruly astonishing things happen when you try to learn more about Anna Bon. Like a mirage, she appears on the horizon of music history in the 1750s, only to disappear again in the mid-1760s. During this rather short period, she...

The women of the Boulanger family

The women of the Boulanger family     by Anja Weinberger The women of the Boulanger family     by Anja WeinbergerThere were three particularly musical women in the Boulanger family. One was named Marie-Julie, a Halligner by birth, and the...

Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for flute

Bach’s sonatas for flute are very different; technically they lie between “can be played by students” and “a challenge every time”. I have been playing some of them since my early days as a flute student and some others have only been in my repertoire for a few years …

Mozart – Flute concerto in G major KV 313

Mozart’s works still occupy a very prominent position within the flute literature. There is no audition in which one of the two concertos is not required, hardly any competition in which one of them does not appear as a compulsory piece. Even at the entrance examination …

The women of the Boulanger family

The women of the Boulanger family

The women of the Boulanger family     by Anja Weinberger The women of the Boulanger family     by Anja WeinbergerThere were three particularly musical women in the Boulanger family. One was named Marie-Julie, a Halligner by birth, and the...

Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for flute

Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for flute

Bach’s sonatas for flute are very different; technically they lie between “can be played by students” and “a challenge every time”. I have been playing some of them since my early days as a flute student and some others have only been in my repertoire for a few years …

Mozart – Flute concerto in G major KV 313

Mozart – Flute concerto in G major KV 313

Mozart’s works still occupy a very prominent position within the flute literature. There is no audition in which one of the two concertos is not required, hardly any competition in which one of them does not appear as a compulsory piece. Even at the entrance examination …

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Siegfried was born in Oberndorf am Neckar in 1877 as one of 12 children of the Karg family. Even the little three-year-old boy displayed an almost morbid enthusiasm for bells and could be kept busy for hours with numbers and arithmetic problems …

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Syrinx or La Flûte de pan

Syrinx or La Flûte de pan

This short piece for flute alone always touches my heart. I have known about it since my second year as a flute student. And I can still remember exactly how it came into my life. At that time, there was neither the Internet nor a cell phone and …

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Fauré and his wonderful fantasy

Fauré and his wonderful fantasy

Gabriel Urbain Fauré was born in 1845 in the very south of France. He was a gifted little boy in a not particularly musical family. Favorable circumstances allowed him to go to the École Niedermeyer in Paris. There he learned (almost) …

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Everything twice – Doppler, Fürstenau, Moyse and co.

Everything twice – Doppler, Fürstenau, Moyse and co.

We flutists stumble again and again over this drawn picture of the Doppler brothers playing the flute, one holding the flute to the right, one to the left – and that with this name .(“doppelt” in German means “twice the same”) Unfortunately, I have now read that this is pure invention. Both have, …

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Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy

Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy

Gabriel Fauré und Claude Debussy waren Zeitgenossen. Fauré wurde 1845 und Debussy 1862 in Frankreich geboren. Genau genommen trennte sie beinahe eine ganze Generation, 17 Jahre, jedoch waren beide Teil dieser spannenden Zeit, die mit so unterschiedlichen Namen …

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Gaubert’s wonderful chamber music

Gaubert’s wonderful chamber music

We are in France before the turn of the century. A young boy is born in Cahors (1879), it soon becomes apparent that he is musically very talented. A favorable wind inspires his life path …

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