What I Wish I Knew: Cleaning My Flute

Developing a good relationship with your instrument repair technician is so important to getting the most mileage out of your instrument. As a result, you can become aware of the tendencies of your particular instrument (what is the first thing to go out of alignment? What little things should you be taking note of thatContinue reading “What I Wish I Knew: Cleaning My Flute”

Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus

This semester my university’s flute choir is splitting into separate quartets: one of which is the Quartet for Diverse Flutes. Which, as the name suggests, calls for alto (flute III) and bass flute (flute IV) in addition to the C flute. On tricky/deceiving thing about this score is that flute IV is actually the 3rdContinue reading “Quartet for Diverse Flutes – Peter Bacchus”

Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven

Approach The first time I see an excerpt I have never played before the first thing I do is look into the composer and work. I look for specific details that will help inform how the excerpt should be performed, here is a very basic outline of what I research: WHEN the composer was aliveContinue reading “Orchestral Excerpts: Prokofiev and Beethoven”

What’s On My Stand – July 2020 Repertoire

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Flute and Piano The challenge with this piece has been playing what’s on the page versus playing in a stylized manner (as many recordings of this piece often exemplify). The technical elements such as the sept-tuplets, 32nd note pickups, or double tonguing in the 1st movement require a practice approachContinue reading “What’s On My Stand – July 2020 Repertoire”

What’s My Flute Set-Up?

Hello! I’m Emma Piedilato, thank you for taking an interest in my blog. In this introductory post I will be giving an overview of what my current flute set-up as a graduate Master of Flute Performance student. This is my current set-up as of July 2020 which I’ve maintained since the 3rd year of myContinue reading “What’s My Flute Set-Up?”