Andersen Etudes op.15 – no.6



So, back to the Andersen after an overwhelming response to my previous blog on the perfect flute player.  Thank you for reading, liking and commenting.

With the acquisition of my new Windows Surface 3, I can now annotate PDFs, so here are some scribbles that might benefit your practice of this etude:

Andersen etude no.6 scribblings

Notes from PDF document:

  • Baroque section (mm.1-40). 

Character is strong and bold, with an element of dance (3/4).  Make sure the 1st beat is stronger than 2 and 3.   Follow the phrase structure of short-short-long (1 + 1 + 2)

Ornaments should be quick and neat so as to fit in with the character of the section.

Use colour and dynamic to highlight the differences in mood where the harmony suggests uncertainty and playfulness.

Don’t let the tempo drag – this section should feel somewhat brisker than the next section.

  • Romantic section

The triplet section starting in bar 41 is reminiscent of the 3rd etude.  This is more romantic than the first section and should be played with a gentle colour and very legato.  Don’t allow the melody to be distorted by playing loud in the low register.  Enjoy the harmonies and how they change from major to minor.

The last section combines both elements of baroque and romantic-  make sure to show the contrasts so that a conversation (or battle!) is heard between the two characters.  Eventually, the baroque character wins and ends the etude.

Apart from executing ornaments and embouchure flexibility, this etude is not technically demanding, but musically it can be very rewarding.

Thanks for reading and happy fluting!



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