Radford: 21st Century Studies for Flute

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This is a book of 24 flute solos which was composed with the intention of being accessible to students of the flute who are at various stages of ability, from beginner or elementary onward. The studies are composed with the use of melody as well as less tonal forms, in order to achieve a range of styles. Musical devices from various cultures, such as pentatonic, modal and diminished scales, elements of traditional and be-bop jazz, Celtic folk and Latin-American dance forms, as well as Western ‘classical’ devices such as the Augmented and Neopolitan 6th are used. In addition, I have tried to bring out the best of the flute by using the more common key signatures, and I encourage the judicious use of vibrato in the pieces in order to add some humanity as well as individuality. I must stress that the dynamic markings are the bare minimum of those required to make the music sound alive, so you should play your own dynamics as well as those that are written. You will find that despite some unusual finger patterns, the studies are playable as well as being fun to play. Above all, the studies are intended to give an insight into a variety of forms which are prevalent in other cultures, which I am sure you will find most interesting.

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